T&T Murders

326 Murders in Trinidad & Tobago to date in 2014

Compared to 319 for the same time last year

Jason Spencer

Murder #326: Male, 35 years old, shot to death.

Gunman brandishes weapon after murder
Thu 16 October 2014 - On Thursday afternoon around 1:00 PM, Jason Spencer, 35, of Petunia Avenue, Morvant, was walking down a road near his home when he was shot to death.

Spencer was accompanied by a friend and as they neared the corner of Gerbera Drive and Petunia Avenue, a man sitting nearby approached the pair. Without warning, he shot Spencer twice in the head. Spencer's companion was left uninjured. According to witnesses, the man then brandished his gun in the air for all onlookers to see. The assassin then calmly left the crime scene on foot.

Neighbors rushed to the aid of Spencer who was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he died later that day undergoing emergency treatment. Police were called and arrived to conduct their investigation. They said Spencer had no police record and they currently have no motive for his killing.  (more)

Sheldon Simmons

Murder #325: Male, 35 years old, shot to death.

Gangland slaying in Belmont
Thu 16 October 2014 - Around 11:00 AM Thursday 35-year-old Sheldon Simmons, of Upper Belle Eau Road, Belmont, was walking near his home when, according to police, a lone gunman walked up and shot him several times about the body. Simmons was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said Simmons was on his way to the funeral of his cousin Keshorn Joseph when he was gunned down Thursday morning. Joseph was murdered this Saturday past in St Barbs, Laventille.  (more)

Colin Samuels

Murder #324: Male, 41 years old, shot to death.

Father of murder victim murdered
Wed 15 October 2014 - Colin Samuels, 41, the father of murder victim Hakim Sturge was himself murdered Wednesday afternoon around 4:30 PM.

Samuels, a Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) employee, was driving his car near Bath Street in East Dry River when he stopped at a traffic signal. A lone gunman approached Samuels' car and shot him several times. According to police, Samuels, a father of three, attempted to drive away, but crashed into a traffic sign and a nearby parked car. Police and Emergency Health Services were called by witnesses at the scene. The victim was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

Samuels' 19-year-old son, Hakim Sturge, was gunned down outside a mini-mart in Morvant three weeks earlier on September 29th.  (more)

Joel Ponty

Murder #323: Male, age unknown, shot to death.

Murder in San Juan
Wed 15 October 2014 - Around 4:30 PM Wednesday Joel "Pompey" Ponty, age unknown, was standing at the corner of Sunshine and Bagatelle Road in San Juan when a lone gunman came up and shot him several times. The unknown gunman then fled the scene on foot. Pompey, of Seventh Avenue, Barataria, was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where was declared dead on arrival.

Police currently have no motive for the killing.  (more)

Junior Matthew Neptune

Murder #322: Male, 41 years old, shot to death.

Brazen daylight assassination
Mon 13 October 2014 - Junior "Abdul Jabbar" Neptune, 41, of Ethlyn Trace, Cocorite, was gunned down Monday morning around 9:45 AM while walking to his Waterhole Road convenience store.

That morning, the father of four, left his home to purchase sundries. As he walked to the nearby mini-mart, which he owned, a car approached and passengers inside opened fire with high-powered rifles. He was hit 25 times about the body, twice in the head, killing him instantly. Western Division police later recovered a total of 32 spent shells at the crime scene.

This was the second attempt on Neptune's life in the last three weeks. On September 24, Earl St Bernard, 32, was shot to death in Cocorite in reprisal for aiding Neptune.  (more)

Decan Edwards

Murder #321: Male, age unknown, shot to death.

Body found in roadway murder, not hit-and-run
Sat 11 October 2014 - Saturday evening around 7:15 PM the body of Decan Edwards of Gandhi Street, Marabella, was found lying face down in a pool of blood in the middle of Corial Road by police on patrol in Princes Town. Edwards was bleeding from wounds about the body and his legs had recently been run over.

Police spotted a white Honda Civic automobile driving away from the scene. They pulled over the car and detained a male driver from Williamsville and a female passenger from Princes Town. The driver was given a breathalyzer test, which he passed, and both were questioned by police and later released pending an autopsy and further investigations.

The body was sent to the St James Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy to be performed.  (more)

Kishorn Joseph

Murder #320: Male, 29 years old, shot to death.

Another shooting in St Barbs
Sat 11 October 2014 - Two men, taking a lunch break, while doing construction work on a house in St Barbs, Laventille, were shot by a lone gunman Saturday around 1:30 PM. Killed was 29-year-old Kishorn Joseph and wounded was his friend, identified only as Awong, age 39. Both men are from Belle Eau Road in Belmont.

That afternoon neighborhood residents heard gunshots and called police. When police arrived they found Joseph wounded with gunshots to the head, neck, and back, while Awong had been shot once in the back. Both men were taken by ambulance to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where Joseph was declared dead on arrival. Awong is currently warded in hospital recovering from his wounds.

The shooting took place at a house on Upper St Barbs Road, Laventille, and it was the second shooting to occur in the vicinity recently.  (more)

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