Father’s Day turned deadly …2 COUSINS SHOT DEAD

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Father’s Day is a day for celebration. But one family is mourning the loss of two persons in one incident.

Two cousins were shot dead on Sunday in Salybia.

Jahovan Roberts, 21, and his cousin, Mark Roberts, 23, of Primus Street, Salybia, died in the vehicle.

They were shot several times about the body.

The vehicle, a white Teana driven by Mark, with his cousin in the front passenger seat, was found parked in the driveway of a villager at Matura around 5 am.

Police could not give a motive for the killings. They, however, said Mark was well known to them.

The incident pushed the murder toll to 237 for this year.

Mark’s body was found slumped over the steering wheel while Jahovan was found with his hands over his face.

Jahovan, a father of one, and Mark both attended a short pants party held at Joe Winter’s Bar, Matura. They reportedly left the party around 4.55 am and was making their way to Sangre Grande.

Police believe they were forced to drive the vehicle into a villager’s driveway in Matura where they were attacked by a gunman who opened fire on them.

These killings were similar to the attack on a Chinese couple in Marabella on Thursday night in which two gunmen fired 69 rounds of ammunition at the couple. The Chinese couple died at the scene.

In Salybia,  Police believe the killer was a passenger of the vehicle, sitting in the back seat. The cousins received gunshot wounds to the back of their neck and head.

Police suspect the killer walked away from the vehicle after the shooting and escaped in nearby bushes.

Police said around 5.15 am yesterday, they received an anonymous call about the shooting and that a strange white vehicle with headlights on, was parked in the driveway of a villager at Matura.

A police team responded and began investigations.

Police officers found several spent shells inside the vehicle and nearby.

Jahovan’s brother, Jason, said his brother was at their Salybia home sitting in the gallery talking and making plans for Father’s Day celebrations when a white vehicle pulled up in front of their house. He said Jahovan immediately got up and left in the vehicle. He said his brother did not tell him where he was going.

He added: “I did not know it was Mark who was driving until this morning. When we went to the scene we saw him in the front passenger seat of the white vehicle, dead. I could not believe what I saw. I am in shock.”

One man said he was drinking coffee around 5 am when he heard explosions. “I did not realise that two men were shot and killed, but found it strange when I saw a white vehicle with bright lights at a standstill near the driveway.”

The neighbour added: “I looked out again and still saw the lights on the vehicle but no movements.”

The man added, “I heard police sirens blasting and police vehicles began to stop and park, with heavily armed officers alighting from the vehicles. Then I learn that there were two dead men in the vehicle.”

Autopsies will be performed on Monday at the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park.
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