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Man killed on way to funeral

Published: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018

A 31-year-old man was killed in a mid-morning drive-by shooting along the Eastern Main Road in Laventille yesterday.

According to reports, around 10.30 am, Kern Joseph, of Picton Road, Laventille, and his uncle were walking near to the Laventille Technology and Continuing Education Centre when a black car drove alongside them.

One of the occupants fired several gunshots in their direction before the driver sped off. Joseph was struck several times while his uncle ran away and managed to escape. The relatives were said to be on their way to a funeral of another relative in Manzanilla.

The incident caused massive traffic gridlock for commuters using the Eastern Main Road to exit Port-of-Spain, as Joseph had stumbled unto the road before he collapsed and succumbed to his injuries. Police cordoned off the scene to gather evidence. The flow of traffic was eventually restored, shortly after midday, when a District Medical Officer (DMO) ordered that Joseph’s body be removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Joseph’s body, this morning. Joseph’s murder comes on the heels of a spate of murders in east Port-of-Spain, on Monday.

In the first incident, Kevon “Fish” Joseph (no relation) was killed along Belmont Circular Road in Gonzales, as gunmen ambushed a car that he was the backseat passenger in. Hours later, his nephew Abraham Quamina was murdered in a drive-by shooting outside a bar at Main Street, Beetham Gardens. Alvin Gyan, 37, and 57-year-old Derrick Huggins, both of Beetham Gardens, were also struck in the melee. Gyan died, while Huggins survived.

There were reports of several shootings in Belmont yesterday evening, in which a car and two houses were allegedly shot at. No one was injured.

Investigators are yet to confirm if the shootings were related to the string of murders on Monday and to Kern Joseph’s yesterday.

Detectives of the Region One Homicide Bureau are continuing investigations into the murders.

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