One soldier was shot dead and another wounded by gunmen at a wake in Moruga on Monday night.
The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment revealed that the two soldiers were conducting “undercover” operations at the wake, but residents of the area disputed this.
The dead soldier was identified as Lance Corporal Marcus Gay. The wounded soldier was identified as Lance Corporal Mark Blunt.
The Regiment issued the following statement on Tuesday:
“The Trinidad and Tobago Regiment regrets to announce the passing of one of its serving members early this morning in the vicinity of St Mary’s Village, Moruga. At approximately 11 p.m. last night, the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were alerted to an incident involving a shooting in the vicinity of the aforementioned St. Mary’s Village.
Upon investigations, it was discovered that two servicemen were shot where one serviceman subsequently succumbed to his injuries early this morning”.
“Investigations are currently being conducted by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Regiment stands ready to lend any assistance into this matter.
The Acting Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and by extension, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Officers, men and women of the entire Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force express heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of our fallen comrade.”
Gay was shot five times and pronounced dead at hospital.
Blunt is warded at the San Fernando General Hospital having received two shots.
Four other civilians, all of Moruga, were also shot in the cross fire.
The gunmen escaped in nearby bushes.