It is no longer safe attending a wake in this country. For the second time in as many days, someone attending a wake for the same man, has been killed.
Two days ago, Marvin Allan, 35, was asleep in his car after attending the wake for Sylvan Alexis, brother of notorious kidnapper, Selwyn “Robo Cop” Alexis. He was approached by a lone gunman who shot him dead. Police said Allan was a close friend to Sylvan.
On Monday night, another close friend of Sylvan, was shot and killed at the wake, despite the presence of police and army officers in Enterprise, Chaguanas.
The dead man was identified as Patrick Isles. Two other men were shot during the attack on Monday night. They are at hospital. According to report, around 10 pm, a lone gunman walked into the wake and opened fire. He then calmly disappeared.
Sylvan Alexis was killed last Friday, sparking protests with burning barricades and a stand-off with police officers.
On March 11, Terrance Patrick and Christian Mohammed were shot while liming at the corner of John and School Streets in Enterprise. Patrick was pronounced dead at the Chaguanas Health Centre and Mohammed succumbed to his wounds at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope the following day. A man and a woman were also shot but survived and were discharged from the Mt Hope hospital after being warded for a few days.
Police believed the March 11 shootings were reprisals for the murder of Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis, a community activist who was charged for extortion and kidnappings but was never convicted. He and a customer were gunned down at his car wash in Enterprise last July 17.
The gunman was killed in the cross-fire.
Three men were detained for questioning about the murders of Patrick and Mohammed and one of them was identified as a relative of Selwyn Alexis. The suspects were however released. Sylvan is the third Alexis sibling to be murdered as brothers Mervyn Alexis and Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis were also gunned down in unrelated incidents.
On July 17, 2016, Selwyn “Robocop,” Alexis, who operated a grocery/car wash in Freedom Street, Chaguanas, was on the compound when he was ambushed and killed.
After the murder of Alexis, however, two of Alexis’ relatives were killed in the Central Division.
On December 4, 2016, Alexis’ brother Mervyn Alexis was killed at the family’s mini mart in Freedom Street by an unknown gunman.
Earlier, on November 24, Alexis’ nephew Anton Mitchell was at his home in Walter’s Lane when he allegedly attacked police officers with a firearm.He was shot dead by the officers during an exchange of gunfire, police said.