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Murder toll climbs to 135 as 2 more gunned down

By Denyse Renne

A 19-year-old man was shot dead on Wednesday night by two men who came looking for his brother, while an electrician was gunned down in broad daylight yesterday. These two killings have bought the murder toll to 135 for the year.

In the first incident, investigators say at around 9.50 pm, two men went to Satar Street, Aranguez, and called out to Dale Haynes. However, his brother Darryl responded and spoke with the men.

Reports state a few minutes later the men were heard arguing with Darryl and several shots rang out. The men then ran off, leaving a bleeding Darryl behind.

His father took him to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope. He died a few hours later while undergoing surgery.

Investigators remain tight-lipped about the incident, saying investigations were at a sensitive stage.

Speaking with the Guardian yesterday, a friend who did not wish to be identified, described Darryl as a "cool, nice, studious boy."

"He started working as a clerk in the Aranguez Plaza earlier this month," the friend said.

Adding that he never knew Darryl to be a troublemaker or to meddle with the law, the friend said Darryl's killing was unjustified.

President of the Aranguez Village Council Bissoon Birsingh said residents were afraid to venture out of their homes.

"Crime took a two-week vacation and now this comes and happen," Birsingh said.

Adding that everyone was living in fear and doors were being locked earlier, Birsingh said he was pleased police patrols were a norm in the area.

Barataria police are investigating.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, a 21-year-old electrician was gunned down at his Morvant home yesterday morning.

Police reports state that at around 11.45 am Keiron Crichlow of Laventille Road, Red Hill, was at his home when three armed men barged in and shot him. He died on the spot.

An autopsy revealed Crichlow died from a gunshot wound to the chest. He also received gunshot wounds to the arms and hand.

Investigators say they remain baffled about the motive, since Crichlow had no pending matters or criminal records.

Morvant police are investigating.

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