Gunfire after pool party …”MURDERS IN COUVA, ARANGUEZ”

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Police are investigating two more murders, which has taken the toll for the year to 490.

On Wednesday, following an all-night pool party, eyewitnesses reported the sound of rapid gunfire which left one person dead and another wounded.

Witnesses said party-goers had to hide behind fences and in drains, while the gunmen walked along Deonarine Junction, Mc Bean, Couva, shooting indiscriminately.

Police said more than 30 gunshots were fired. Several spent shells were found at Shark Street and Mc Bean Road.

Witnesses said the gunmen began firing around 6.30 am just as patrons were leaving the Jungle Fever pool party.

Isaiah Trevor Mitchell, 19, was killed instantly and Hakeem James, of Couva, was wounded.

One witness said, “Isaiah got hit on the road. It was no dispute. They were just playing wild and he got hit.”

Another witness said he was standing by a wall, a few metres away when he heard the gunfire.

“About seven shots ring off. I waited a while and then I started to walk up the road and then I heard ‘rat-at-at-at-at’ like they were walking down the street firing in the air.”

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Mitchell’s body on Thursday at the Forensic Science Center, Federation Park.

In the second incident, Akeil Mannette, 23, of Avacado Drive, Le Platte Village, Valencia was shot dead at the Aranguez overpass around 4.30 pm Tuesday while a wrecker was removing his car which skidded off the road.

Police said Mannette was standing at the side of the road when a gunman emerged from some bushes and shot him and escaped in a waiting vehicle.

Mannette’s mother, Camille Joseph, said her first-born and only son was heading to his poultry farm in Santa Cruz with his girlfriend Curlene Greenidge when he crashed. She said Mannette called someone to pick up Greenidge to take her to the poultry farm and he remained at the accident scene.

Joseph said her son lived for his two-year-old daughter, Asia-Marie, and admitted while he had in the past been involved in fights, he had changed his life the moment his daughter was born.

She said, “All I want is for this murder to be solved. There are too many unsolved murders. I just want closure for myself and my family. I hope the police do all they could to find the killers.”

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Akeil Mannette

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