Killed after leaving West Mall …”VENEZUELAN MURDERED”

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A Venezuelan was murdered after leaving his job at West Mall on Friday night.

Mickal Martinez, 19, who lived at Belle Smythe Street, Curepe, worked at a store in West Mall to earn money to send to his family in Venezuela. Police believe he was held up and when he resisted, he was killed.

According to reports, officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force were informed that the body of a man was found lying at the side of the road near Citrus Growers, Laventille. When officers responded they were informed that a motorist took the man to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. By the time officers arrived, Martinez had died.

It is believed that Martinez boarded a PH taxi for Port-of-Spain, and it is during this journey he was wounded and his body dumped at the side of the road in Laventille.


A Diego Martin man was shot twice on Saturday in what police say may be connected to two murders that took place in the area in January. According to police reports, around 5.30 pm, gunshots were heard at Quarry Street, Diego Martin, following which Brandon St Rose, alias Solo, was found bleeding.

He was rushed to the St James Health Facility in a private vehicle escorted by police. Police said he was shot in the back and back of the head.

While St Rose was not identified as a murder suspect, police believe his shooting is connected to the January 16 murder of Jerome Ottley, 18, and the killing of 22-year-old Shaquille Nichols three days later.

Police reported then that Ottley was liming with his friend Atiba Quamina, 25, at Quarry Street, Diego Martin, when two men jumped out of a white Nissan Tiida and opened fire. Ottley, of Edward Street, Diego Martin, died on the scene, while Quamina was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he remains warded in a serious condition.

Nichols, 19-year-old Shaquille Farrell, 21-year-old Shannelle Goodridge and 21-year-old Christian Gittens were liming in an area known as “the Rathole” along Quarry Street, Diego Martin, when they were shot at. Nichols died on the scene, while Farrell, the son of a police sergeant, was shot in his left thigh. Gittens and Goodridge reportedly suffered minor injuries.

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