23/06/2018 – The Trinidad Guardian. / When residents of Bayshore Avenue, Marabella, heard gunshots on Thursday evening all they could do was grab their children, lie on the floor and hope for the best.
With the area surrounding their home completely dark, they later used phones to light their path to find the body of neighbour Akeil Clarke.
Police said Clarke, 27, was a career criminal, having spent more than six years in prison for firearm-related offences.
Clarke‘s criminal record included 34 charges for firearm-related offences, issuing death threats and drug possession in the San Fernando and Rio Claro districts dating back to 2006. Investigators said he was also suspected of murdering scrap iron dealer Son de Gale at his San Fernando home last month.
Police said they responded to a report of a shooting in the old train line community around 6 pm and found Clarke dead under a mango tree with five gunshot wounds to his back and two in his head.
They said Clarke was originally from Broadway, San Fernando, but had been staying at a friend’s home along Theresa Street for the past three months. While a motive was yet to be determined for his murder, residents said he was known to peddle drugs at King’s Wharf. Investigators said that on Thursday he had a matter at the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, in which he was accused of shooting at a relative, dismissed.
In an unrelated incident, aspiring footballer Cristov Lakatoo was gunned down in Laventille on Thursday night.
Relatives had earlier seen an image of Lakatoo‘s lifeless body at the side of the road at Sandy Trace, St Barb’s, Laventille, on social media shortly after it was discovered yesterday morning.
According to a police report, at about 4.30 am a passer-by found the body, which bore several gunshot wounds.
A relative, who wished not to be identified, told the T&T Guardian, Lakatoo may have gone to the area to purchase a car. The relative said Lakatoo was not involved in any gang or drug-related activities and believes he may have been lured to the area where he was robbed and killed.
Investigations are continuing.