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With 2017 just hours away, three more murders were reported bringing the 2016 toll to 455.

Two men were shot dead in the Laventille area, and a decomposing body of a man was found in Arouca.

According to police reports, 22-year-old Neil Frank was shot dead while liming with a friend near St Phillip’s Government Primary School off the Old St Joseph Road, on Thursday night.

Police said Frank, of Building 7, Beverly Hills, was standing with Akiela Francis when around 10.30 pm they were shot.

Francis, originally from Maloney, was grazed on the left foot while Frank was shot multiple times.

Frank died at the scene. Police said his killing is part of the resurgence of the ongoing Rasta City and Muslim gang war.

In the second murder in the area, a mentally ill man, died early Friday morning at hospital after being shot on Thursday.

Police said Bevon McKay, 34, of Block 8, John John, Laventille was found at the side of the road with gunshot wounds around 3 pm Thursday.

Police said he was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he remained in Intensive Care Unit until his death around 10 am on Friday.

The third incident took place on Thursday night at Windy Hill, Arouca. Police said the man, who has yet to be identified, was found in a foetal position with what appeared to be two gunshot wounds to the left side of his head and neck.

The decomposing man was found by a hunter around 9.30 pm.

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