T&T Murders

365 Murders in Trinidad & Tobago to date in 2014

Compared to 354 for the same time last year

Seema Balkaran

Murder #365: Female, 33 years old, shot to death.

Murder outside Freeport bar
Sun 23 November 2014 - 33-year-old Seema Balkaran, of Tiwarie Extension North, Chaguanas, was shot to death in a parking lot outside of Tom's Bar, Arena Road, Freeport Sunday night around 8:00 PM. She was liming with a group of friends when she stepped away to take a call on her cellphone. An automobile pulled alongside the group of limers and opened fire, killing Balkaran. The shooters then drove off into the night.

Police were called to the crime scene and started their murder investigation. An autopsy is to be performed at the St James Forensic Science Centre.  (more)

Birgid & Hubertus Keil

Murder #364: Male, 74 years old, chopped to death.
Murder #363: Female, 71 years old, chopped to death.

(Birgid Keil's Facebook)

Elderly couple murdered in Tobago
Sat 22 November 2014 - The bodies of a retired German couple were discovered Saturday morning at picturesque Bacolet Beach on Minister's Bay in Tobago.

Around 10:00 AM two beachcombers discovered the body of 74-year-old Birgid Maria Keil. Police were called and arrived to begin the investigation, later finding the body of 71-year-old Hubertus Konrad Keil a short distance away in the bushes.

They were brutally chopped to death, suffering deadly wounds to the back of their necks and defensive wounds about their hands and bodies, indicating a struggle had ensued. Police found cellphones and house keys on the bodies of the victims. They inspected the Keil's nearby home and saw that it was inviolate.

The Keils, who wintered in Bacolet, had arrived recently in Tobago on October 21 to spend the winter at their island getaway home.  (more)

Ramlal Ramroop

Murder #362: Male, 66 years old, stabbed to death.

Third pensioner murdered this week
Wed 19 November 2014 - Wednesday evening around 5:00 PM, villagers from Canque Village, Biche saw a body in the nearby Caratal River and called police. Police arrived and with the assistance of the villagers, they were able to extract the body from debris washed up by recent heavy rains. The body of Ramlal Ramroop was identified and it was seen by all that his throat was cut and the back of his head had been bashed in.

Villagers and police were on the lookout for Ramroop, since he was reported missing by relatives last weekend. Relatives went to check on the pensioner after telephone calls went unanswered. They became alarmed and called police, when they discovered a pair of bloody scissors, a trail of blood, and his car missing.

Police suspect Ramroop was killed at home and his body was placed in his car and driven to the river where he was then dumped into the water.  (more)

John Mitchell

Murder #361: Male, 74 years old, suffocated to death.

Elderly man beaten to death
Wed 19 November 2014 - A shopkeeper who sold sundries in Belmont was beaten and asphyxiated to death Wednesday.

John Mitchell, 74, of Cadiz Road and Archer Street, Belmont, was found by neighbors dead inside his shop, bound and gagged. His store was ransacked and the purse in which he kept his sales money was missing, leading police to suspect robbery was the motive.

Mitchell was known to sit in a chair in front of his house and sell sundries to the neighborhood. According to his brother, Roy, Mitchell suffered from a disability that hindered his ability to walk. Despite his handicap, he was independent and took care of himself, making a living by selling merchandise through his home business.

Mitchell's body was taken to the Port-of-Spain Mortuary for an autopsy to be performed on Thursday.

He is the fourth elderly person murdered in the last three weeks.  (more)

Matthew Boney

Murder #360: Male, 32 years old, shot to death.

Murder in Malick
Tue 18 November 2014 - Around 1:00 AM Tuesday, 32-year-old Matthew Boney arrived by car at his home on Comprehensive Road, Malick, Barataria. Two men approached as he went to open the front gate. The three got into an altercation, during which the men drew firearms and shot Boney multiple times about the body. The killers then fled the scene.

Police were called by nearby residents and officers from the Barataria police station arrived to find Boney lying dead on the ground. His body was taken to the St James Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy.  (more)

Edna Reid

Murder #359: Female, 88 years old, stabbed to death.

Another elderly woman found murdered
Mon 17 November 2014 - On Monday an 88-year-old grandmother of eight was found murdered at her Tyson Trace, Harris Village, South Oropouche home.

The elderly lady, Edna "Granny" Reid, was stabbed to death 19 times by an unknown assailant. Her nude body was found lying outside in the rain about 3:00 PM, behind her rural home on the outskirts of the village where she lived.

Police were called and her body was taken to the St James Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy, which was performed on Tuesday.

Reid was a well-known produce vendor at the San Fernando market. She also raised rabbits and chickens in her backyard and cooked her own meals and took care of herself with minimal assistance from others. One of her sons described her as "very independent".

Reid is the third elderly woman murdered in the last three weeks.  (more)

Alicia Sydney

Murder #358: Female, 40 years old, chopped to death.

Mother murdered in Biche
Sat 15 November 2014 - A mother of two was chopped to death Saturday around 2:00 AM by the man with whom she had lived with off and on for the past two years.

Alicia "Sency" Sydney, 40, a community activist from Basse Terre Village, was staying at the suspect's Charuma Village, Biche home that night, along with her seven-year-old son, Akeno. The couple started arguing just before midnight. They clashed about Sydney's pawned jewelry, which the suspect had failed to retrieve. During the course of the argument, the man took a knife and stabbed and chopped Sydney multiple times about the body.

He then locked Akeno inside a bedroom, while the boy's mother lay on the floor bleeding to death. The boy heard his mother's screams and cries for help, but was unable to get out of the locked room. When Akeno finally managed to escape, it was too late.  (more)

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