Crazy T&T Cops kill two more teenagers including Carifta Games bronze medalist!

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COPS KILL 2 COUSINS
Mom: Police shot two minors, took up their bodies like dogs and drop it in the van and drive off

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Jun 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM ECT (T&T Express)

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Promising Athlete Hakeem Alexander

HAKEEM ALEXANDER, 16, who last year brought home a bronze medal for this country at the Carifta Games held in the Bahamas, and his 15-year-old cousin, schoolboy Tevin Alexander, were yesterday shot dead by police.

The number of police killings for the year now stands at 26.

Relatives said the teenagers were kneeling on the roadway with their hands raised in surrender when they were killed by uniformed police officers.

Police officers claimed they were greeted with gunfire when they entered the Chinapoo, Morvant, area yesterday and the teens were killed when the officers returned fire.

According to public information officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Insp Wayne Mystar, around 4.15 p.m. yesterday, officers of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the North Eastern Division responded to reports of gunshots in the Chinapoo area in Morvant.

“On arrival at Wallace Road, they were greeted with gunfire. The police officers returned fire and two men were shot in the exchange,” Mystar said.

Mystar said the teens were taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.

“Three other suspects related to the shooting were also apprehended and two firearms recovered,” Mystar said.

Relatives, however, yesterday disputed the Police Service’s version of events surrounding the death of the teens.

According to Tevin’s mother, Lisa De Leon-Alexander, the two teens were running toward their grandmother’s home in search of refuge as they were being shot at by a gunman when they were killed by police.

“I called him (Tevin) and he was breathless, he said, ‘Mummy, I am running. (Name called) and them now shoot up the block.’ I said, ‘Running where?’ He said, ‘I am going up by Aunty Josephine.’ I gave him five minutes and called him back. I said, ‘Where are you?’” she said.

“He breathless again. He said, ‘Them fellas coming up the hill, I going over the hill and going by granny.’ I said, ‘Why you so breathless?’ He said, ‘I am running.’ ‘I said, ‘Where Hakeem?’ He said, ‘Hakeem right here with me.’ So with that now I hang up the phone and called my mother,” she said.

“I called and said, ‘Mummy the children coming home, make sure they don’t leave the yard again.’ Then mummy called me back and she said, ‘I think they kill your child.’ I said, ‘They kill my child?’ So I kept calling his phone and no answer,” De Leon-Alexander said.

Tevin was a form four pupil at Belmont Secondary School.

His aunt ran out of her home when she saw the police officers force the teens to kneel and turned their guns on them, she said.

“From what my aunt is saying, because she is a stone’s throw away and she could see exactly what happened, she came out and she was begging for her nephew and they (the police) turned the gun on her. That is beyond outrageous,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Somebody is seeing you doing something wrong. They are begging you not to do it as a human being and you still do it,” she said.

Leon-Alexander lamented that the same people hired to protect and serve are the ones who are killing them.

“Upstanding police officers came, shot two minors, took up their bodies like dogs and drop it in the van and drive off,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Last time I checked their (the Police Service’s) motto was to protect and serve the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and not to kill the citizens. These are the people were are supposed to trust and they turn around and violate our trust. There is no word to describe how I feel,” she said.

Hakeem’s father, Henry Alexander, said he took his son to Bowen Marine yesterday to see about a job.

Hakeem stayed home from work last week because of ill health, Henry said.

Last year, Hakeem claimed bronze for Trinidad and Tobago in the boys’ under-17 3,000m event in 9:49.59 at the Carifta Games.

Alexander yesterday brought out the trophies and medals his son won from running.

Among the four trophies Henry brought out yesterday was one Hakeem got last year when he placed first in the Morvant Police Youth Club 10k event.

“Imagine they (the police) are the same ones who come now and kill him,” Henry said.

Hakeem is said to be the national record holder for the National Primary School’s 3k.

Among dozens of medals Henry brought out yesterday were a gold and silver medal his son got at the National Junior Championship last year.

Hakeem was a former pupil at Success Laventille Secondary School and a member of the Simplex Club.



Police killings 2014:

1. Janus Alphonso, 28, January 10
2. Walcott Ali, 51, January 11
3. Nicholas Sylvester, 19, January 20
4. Kevon Charles, 26, January 31
5. Akeem Price, 22, February 4
6. Anthony Hepburn, 29, February 11
7. Junior Noel, 31, February 14
8. Anderson Deo, 22, February 14
9. Jeremy Innis, 19, March 10
10. Adrian Charles, 24, March 18
11. Satrohan Ramhanie, 22
12. Anthony Hospedales, 18, March 26
13. Jerome Clunis, 23
14. Gilbert Browne, 25, March 27
15. Naim Dean, 21, April 11
16. Roy Thomas, 29, May 1
17. Chandrabhose Samaroo, 32, May 5
18. Anthony Amogan, 43, May 9
19. Antonio Swan, 21, May 13
20. Nigel Long, 35, May 13
21. Dillon Mason, 20, May 21
22. Jerome Cross, 27, May 22
23. Joel Apparicio, 31, May 22
24. Chaquille McCoy, 21, June 5
25. Hakeem Alexander, 16, June 9
26. Tevin Alexander, 15, June 9
 

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Differing reports from relatives, residents as cops kill cousins
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
By Camille Clarke (T&T Guardian)

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Henry Alexander shows his son Hakeem Alexander‘s 2013 Carifta 3,000m bronze medal while speaking to the media at his home after the shooting of his son in Chinapoo, Morvant, yesterday. Inset is Tevin Alexander’s mother Lisa de Leon-Alexander PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO

Bullets flew in two separate communities yesterday, resulting in the deaths of two teenagers and the injury of one police officer. In the case that drew the most attention, two cousins were shot dead by the police during an alleged shootout yesterday afternoon at Superville Hill, Morvant. Hakeem, 16, and Tevin Alexander, 15, of Lezama Trace, Chinapoo Village, were taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital nursing gunshot injuries after the shootout but were pronounced dead on arrival.

Hakeem represented T&T at the Carifta Games last year and Tevin was a Form Three student at Belmont Boys’ Secondary. Police said they were responding to a call of gunshots and heavily armed men in the area when they encountered three people, including the two youths, as they arrived at the scene. One man was armed with shotgun while the youths had handguns, they said.

Officers said one of the men ran through a track while one of the two youths opened fire on them. The other youth also opened fire and attempted to run through the track. The officers said they returned fire and the two youth suspects were injured. They were later taken to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two revolvers were recovered at the scene.

Police said the Alexanders were wanted for attempted murder, breaking and entry, sexual assault and larceny of a vehicle. The suspect who escaped was also wanted, police said. In a telephone interview yesterday, however, an eyewitness disputed the police account of what occurred. “The police tell them to go on their knees and put their hands up. They ask them where they come from and they ain’t give them time to say nothing and they put bullets in their belly.

“I say that is an injustice and start to make noise. All you not supposed to do that. The police that was there look up and he look at me and let go some bullets at my house like if that was me he would waste me the same way. He riddled the boy after that and gone.” Lisa De Leon-Alexander, Tevin’s mother, said her son was innocent and was going to see his grandparents on the hill at the time he was killed. “If they do something talk to the parents,” she said.

“The children dropped to their knees and begged for their lives and you still kill them. They ain’t search them or check them. All you buss my child skin if he was doing anything wrong.” She said her aunt, who lived near where the shooting occurred, saw the incident and begged for her nephews. “She was begging for her nephews and they turn the gun on her. That is beyond outrageous. Cause somebody who seeing you do something wrong is begging you not to do it as a human being and you still do it.”

De Leon-Alexander said Tevin was unable to go to school because she had no money to send him. “They (police) are trained to protect and serve us but they kill us. They (boys) not in nothing. They were running from a man who was shooting behind them because he wants them to turn to Muslim. What part of my child, if he wants to turn to Jesus Christ and not Muslim, you should shoot him?” The mother denied Tevin was wanted by the police or known to the police.

Henry Alexander, Hakeem’s father, said his son was a national athlete. Pointing to a host of medals and trophies, he said his son had been laid off because he was ill for over a week but he had managed to negotiate with the boy’s employer to rehire him. “I call him (Hakeem) and say the bossman wanted him to check him and he will get back the work,” he said.

“Then I heard there was a fight up and the police shoot them. I did now come from Down the Islands and they say police shoot them. I surprise to hear police shoot him in the head and the cousin... he break the national record in school.” Henry said his son wanted to return to school (Success/Laventille Composite) and continue his career to become a professional athlete.

Boys no saints
Residents at Wallace Road claimed the two boys were not innocent and they had complained about them numerous times. One resident, who did not want to be identified, said the two youths, along with two other men, planned to ambush a relative of hers and he barely escaped with his life. “They living up there and we living down here. I don’t know what they warring we for? They used to be here liming and drinking together. It was all of them,” she said.

“I told him (her relative) not to go because they shot up the house on Friday. I was waiting to give him money and when he come I hear him quarreling and bleeding plenty,” she said pointing to gunshots at the house. She added: “The same one who they say is an athlete, his mother talk to him, his grandmother talk to him, father talk, aunt talk. Everybody talk to him. What going on with he?” She claimed they had Zion (Wallace Road) hot with illegal activity. Investigations are continuing.

Policeman shot in leg
Police were up to last evening searching Cameron Hill, Petit Valley, for gunmen who shot a colleague. The constable was shot in the leg after the officers responded to a report of an alleged kidnapping in Maraval. According to reports, officers of the Western Division Task Force went to Cameron Hill around 3 pm as they followed leads but when they got there their pathway was blocked by debris.

Constable Jason Clement and some other colleagues got out of their vehicle to remove the debris when they were fired upon. He was shot in the right leg. The gunmen escaped in nearby bushes. Also last night, police were also searching the compound of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen mosque in Carapo and surrounding houses during a raid for arms and ammunition.
 

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Bronze Medal Winner from Trinidad shot dead by police

STORY COURTESY THE TRINIDAD EXPRESS:

HAKEEM ALEXANDER, 16, who last year brought home a bronze medal for this country at the Carifta Games held in the Bahamas, and his 15-year-old cousin, schoolboy Tevin Alexander, were yesterday shot dead by police.

The number of police killings for the year now stands at 26.
Relatives said the teenagers were kneeling on the roadway with their hands raised in surrender when they were killed by uniformed police officers.

Police officers claimed they were greeted with gunfire when they entered the Chinapoo, Morvant, area yesterday and the teens were killed when the officers returned fire.

According to public information officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Insp Wayne Mystar, around 4.15 p.m. yesterday, officers of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the North Eastern Division responded to reports of gunshots in the Chinapoo area in Morvant.

“On arrival at Wallace Road, they were greeted with gunfire. The police officers returned fire and two men were shot in the exchange,” Mystar said.

Mystar said the teens were taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.
“Three other suspects related to the shooting were also apprehended and two firearms recovered,” Mystar said.

Relatives, however, yesterday disputed the Police Service’s version of events surrounding the death of the teens.
According to Tevin’s mother, Lisa De Leon-Alexander, the two teens were running toward their grandmother’s home in search of refuge as they were being shot at by a gunman when they were killed by police.

“I called him (Tevin) and he was breathless, he said, ‘Mummy, I am running. (Name called) and them now shoot up the block.’ I said, ‘Running where?’ He said, ‘I am going up by Aunty Josephine.’ I gave him five minutes and called him back. I said, ‘Where are you?’” she said.

“He breathless again. He said, ‘Them fellas coming up the hill, I going over the hill and going by granny.’ I said, ‘Why you so breathless?’ He said, ‘I am running.’ ‘I said, ‘Where Hakeem?’ He said, ‘Hakeem right here with me.’ So with that now I hang up the phone and called my mother,” she said.
“I called and said, ‘Mummy the children coming home, make sure they don’t leave the yard again.’ Then mummy called me back and she said, ‘I think they kill your child.’ I said, ‘They kill my child?’ So I kept calling his phone and no answer,” De Leon-Alexander said.

Tevin was a form four pupil at Belmont Secondary School.
His aunt ran out of her home when she saw the police officers force the teens to kneel and turned their guns on them, she said.

“From what my aunt is saying, because she is a stone’s throw away and she could see exactly what happened, she came out and she was begging for her nephew and they (the police) turned the gun on her. That is beyond outrageous,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Somebody is seeing you doing something wrong. They are begging you not to do it as a human being and you still do it,” she said.

Leon-Alexander lamented that the same people hired to protect and serve are the ones who are killing them.
“Upstanding police officers came, shot two minors, took up their bodies like dogs and drop it in the van and drive off,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Last time I checked their (the Police Service’s) motto was to protect and serve the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and not to kill the citizens. These are the people were are supposed to trust and they turn around and violate our trust. There is no word to describe how I feel,” she said.

Hakeem’s father, Henry Alexander, said he took his son to Bowen Marine yesterday to see about a job.
Hakeem stayed home from work last week because of ill health, Henry said.

Last year, Hakeem claimed bronze for Trinidad and Tobago in the boys’ under-17 3,000m event in 9:49.59 at the Carifta Games.
Alexander yesterday brought out the trophies and medals his son won from running.

Among the four trophies Henry brought out yesterday was one Hakeem got last year when he placed first in the Morvant Police Youth Club 10k event.
“Imagine they (the police) are the same ones who come now and kill him,” Henry said.

Hakeem is said to be the national record holder for the National Primary School’s 3k.
Among dozens of medals Henry brought out yesterday were a gold and silver medal his son got at the National Junior Championship last year.

Hakeem was a former pupil at Success Laventille Secondary School and a member of the Simplex Club.
 

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Bumping for those who have missed this thread and are creating duplicate threads on the same topic.
 

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STORY COURTESY THE TRINIDAD EXPRESS:

HAKEEM ALEXANDER, 16, who last year brought home a bronze medal for this country at the Carifta Games held in the Bahamas, and his 15-year-old cousin, schoolboy Tevin Alexander, were yesterday shot dead by police.

The number of police killings for the year now stands at 26.
Relatives said the teenagers were kneeling on the roadway with their hands raised in surrender when they were killed by uniformed police officers.

Police officers claimed they were greeted with gunfire when they entered the Chinapoo, Morvant, area yesterday and the teens were killed when the officers returned fire.

According to public information officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Insp Wayne Mystar, around 4.15 p.m. yesterday, officers of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the North Eastern Division responded to reports of gunshots in the Chinapoo area in Morvant.

“On arrival at Wallace Road, they were greeted with gunfire. The police officers returned fire and two men were shot in the exchange,” Mystar said.

Mystar said the teens were taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.
“Three other suspects related to the shooting were also apprehended and two firearms recovered,” Mystar said.

Relatives, however, yesterday disputed the Police Service’s version of events surrounding the death of the teens.
According to Tevin’s mother, Lisa De Leon-Alexander, the two teens were running toward their grandmother’s home in search of refuge as they were being shot at by a gunman when they were killed by police.

“I called him (Tevin) and he was breathless, he said, ‘Mummy, I am running. (Name called) and them now shoot up the block.’ I said, ‘Running where?’ He said, ‘I am going up by Aunty Josephine.’ I gave him five minutes and called him back. I said, ‘Where are you?’” she said.

“He breathless again. He said, ‘Them fellas coming up the hill, I going over the hill and going by granny.’ I said, ‘Why you so breathless?’ He said, ‘I am running.’ ‘I said, ‘Where Hakeem?’ He said, ‘Hakeem right here with me.’ So with that now I hang up the phone and called my mother,” she said.
“I called and said, ‘Mummy the children coming home, make sure they don’t leave the yard again.’ Then mummy called me back and she said, ‘I think they kill your child.’ I said, ‘They kill my child?’ So I kept calling his phone and no answer,” De Leon-Alexander said.

Tevin was a form four pupil at Belmont Secondary School.
His aunt ran out of her home when she saw the police officers force the teens to kneel and turned their guns on them, she said.

“From what my aunt is saying, because she is a stone’s throw away and she could see exactly what happened, she came out and she was begging for her nephew and they (the police) turned the gun on her. That is beyond outrageous,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Somebody is seeing you doing something wrong. They are begging you not to do it as a human being and you still do it,” she said.

Leon-Alexander lamented that the same people hired to protect and serve are the ones who are killing them.
“Upstanding police officers came, shot two minors, took up their bodies like dogs and drop it in the van and drive off,” De Leon-Alexander said.

“Last time I checked their (the Police Service’s) motto was to protect and serve the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and not to kill the citizens. These are the people were are supposed to trust and they turn around and violate our trust. There is no word to describe how I feel,” she said.

Hakeem’s father, Henry Alexander, said he took his son to Bowen Marine yesterday to see about a job.
Hakeem stayed home from work last week because of ill health, Henry said.

Last year, Hakeem claimed bronze for Trinidad and Tobago in the boys’ under-17 3,000m event in 9:49.59 at the Carifta Games.
Alexander yesterday brought out the trophies and medals his son won from running.

Among the four trophies Henry brought out yesterday was one Hakeem got last year when he placed first in the Morvant Police Youth Club 10k event.
“Imagine they (the police) are the same ones who come now and kill him,” Henry said.

Hakeem is said to be the national record holder for the National Primary School’s 3k.
Among dozens of medals Henry brought out yesterday were a gold and silver medal his son got at the National Junior Championship last year.

Hakeem was a former pupil at Success Laventille Secondary School and a member of the Simplex Club.
Maybe they should start fitting these police officers with body cameras like they do in the UK.
 

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Maybe they should start fitting these police officers with body cameras like they do in the UK.
The corrupt T&T cops will switch them off or remove them when they are ready to do their nonsense.
We need to root out the corrupt T&T from the police force but we can only tackle that properly when we root out the corrupt T&T politicians who facilitate the presence of the corrupt officers in the police force.
 

Missmayling

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The corrupt T&T cops will switch them off or remove them when they are ready to do their nonsense.
We need to root out the corrupt T&T from the police force but we can only tackle that properly when we root out the corrupt T&T politicians who facilitate the presence of the corrupt officers in the police force.
well, if you have cops shutting off their cameras in cases where there is possible police brutality, then they should be fired on the spot. Its a good thing for both the general public and the good cops on the force. What I cant understand also is that many of these people have phones to record these police brutality and yet nothing.
 

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well, if you have cops shutting off their cameras in cases where there is possible police brutality, then they should be fired on the spot. Its a good thing for both the general public and the good cops on the force. What I cant understand also is that many of these people have phones to record these police brutality and yet nothing.
The T&T police force is very very corrupt. Sometimes witnesses are killed so you might film them on your phone committing a murder or abusing someone at the risk of being shot or abused yourself. Very risky!

Your idea is a good one though but I don't think there is the political will to implement it as many police officers and politicians are benefiting financially from the corruption and rouge elements in the police force.
 

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Sounds like an all out war going on in TnT.
Let's hope Trini doh turn into Mexico where policemen bodies start turning up one by one or three by three, only a matter of time until things tun old mas.

In other news they had a road block (separate incident) where upon reaching the debris in the road police came out their vehicle to move the blockage and shots were fired at them, one officer got hit in the leg and was transported to the hospital - in a small place like T&T things could turn ruthless in the blink of an eye, police eh hard tuh find yuh know.
 

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Teen cousins shot dead by police
By JULIEN NEAVES Tuesday, June 10 2014 (T&T Newsday)

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I WANT JUSTICE: Lisa De Leon-Alexander raises her arms as she demanded justice for the deaths of her sonTevin, 15, and his cousin Hakeem, 16, who were both shot dead by police in Morvant yesterday.

TWO teenaged cousins one of whom was a national track athlete and the other described as an IT “genius”, were shot dead yesterday by police in Morvant, bringing to 26 the number of persons shot dead by police this year.

Dead are Tevin Alexander, 15, and cousin Hakeem Alexander,16, the latter winning bronze for this country in the Boys’ Under 17 3,000 metre race last year at the Carifta Games in Bahamas.

Police Service spokesman Insp Wayne Mystar told Newsday that at about 4.15 pm, officers from the Inter Agency Task Force and North Eastern Division responded to reports of gunshots in the Chinapoo area of Morvant.

He said that on arrival officers were met with gunfire forcing them to take cover and return gunfire which led to the Alexander cousins being shot. The teens were taken to Port-of-Spain General Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. Mystar said three suspects were arrested and two firearms recovered.

But relatives of the shot teens painted a different picture of events. They said the cousins were confronted by a gunman who had been “terrorising” the area since Christmas and who had tried to convert the cousins to Islam. Relatives said the teens were running from the gunman toward their grandmother’s home at Lezama Trace when they ran into the police officers at Superville Hill.

Tevin’s mother Lisa De Leon-Alexander claimed she witnessed the shooting. “The boys on running into the police, dropped to their knees, put their hands in the air and said, ‘we not in nothing’. They literally begged for their lives...but the police still killed them. They did not search them they just shot them,” she cried.

She further claimed that when relatives and others begged for the boys’ lives, the officers turned their guns on them. “How could you trust these same people after they turn around and violate your trust,” De Leon-Alexander asked.

De Leon-Alexander said she would like justice to be done but has no faith this would happen.


“I don’t want to hear sorry from this gracious Government and the Commissioner (of police) because that’s not going to bring my son back,” she said.

Tevin was a Form Four student of Belmont Boys Secondary and dreamed of becoming an IT technician. De Leon-Alexander recalled he stayed home from school yesterday because she did not have money to send him. Hakeem was on a court-ordered bond for fighting but Tevin had no run-ins with the law.

Hakeem was a student at Success Laventille Secondary but dropped out of school at Form Three due to frustration over the lack of opportunities at that school for track and field events.

He worked with his father at Peake’s Marine in Chaguaramas.

Hakeem’s father Henry Alexander said his son had been running since he was seven and showed off his son’s many trophies and medals. Hakeem attended the Carifta Games in Martinique this year but did not compete. Alexander said when he heard the news he was at work in Chaguaramas and could barely concentrate to drive home.

“I had my son this morning and I come home today to hear that police shoot him in he head,” Alexander said. Yesterday’s killing came days before Police Complaints Authority Director Gillian Lucky is to meet with Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams tomorrow over the number of police killings.
 

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Coach: Hakeem could have won gold
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Andrew Gioannetti (T&T Guardian)

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Hakeem Alexander shot
Potential T&T Olympic medalist


Had Hakeem Alexander’s life not come to an end at 16 years, the 2013 Carifta bronze medalist would have brought further glory to this country while in his prime. So said Gunness Persad, coach at Simplex Athletic Club, which Alexander represented.

Alexander, was one of two teenagers who were shot and killed by police at Superville Hill, Laventille, close to his home, on Monday. The other boy killed was his 15-year-old cousin Tevin Alexander.

Their deaths was followed by conflicting reports of the incident from police and neighbours. Police have claimed they were shot at by the teenagers, while an eyewitness said they were shot while surrendering in a kneeling position with their arms raised.

During his short career, Alexander, a former student at Success Laventille Secondary, racked up a host of accolades including a bronze medal in the Under-17 3000m event at last year’s Carifta Games in the Bahamas, clocking 9:49.59. He also broke the national primary schools’ 3k record.

Alexander, however, did not compete for the year, according to Persad, who said he entered him in a number of meets including the 2014 Carifta trials.

He might have won gold (at this year’s Carifta Championship), but he did not compete this year in any of the events I signed him up in.

He was serious (about athletics). I don’t know what went wrong,” Persad said.

Persad noted that Alexander was one of six young athletes from Laventille who were recruited by Simplex last year, following the advice of a teacher of a primary school in Laventille.

“He definitely had the talent. Many people liked him because of his potential. He was cool, calm and quiet. He seemed to respect me. When he was with me, he listened, just like the boys he was with. They were all cool,” said Persad.

He added, “Yes (I was shocked to hear the news). My main purpose was to help (the boys), show them out of poverty, show them that there are other avenues to succeed in life, such as athletics.”

Alexander rarely trained with the club as it is based at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, and focuses its training routines primarily on sprints.

The club current trains 45-50 runners, notably including Keston Bledman, Machel Cedenio and Kamaria Durant, all of whom Alexander could have joined in glory had he remained alive.
 

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Students in tears
By RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS Wednesday, June 11 2014 (T&T Newsday)

WHILE relatives of cousins Tevin and Hakeem Alexander were yesterday making funeral arrangements for the teens who were shot and killed on Monday by police, news of one of the boy’s killing had Form Four students of Belmont Secondary School in tears.


“At first I was in shock, then I just started to cry,” said a student during an interview outside the school yesterday. The students spoke in glowing terms of 16-year-old Tevin Alexander who attended the school.

“In school Tevin was a good person. He was respectful and never really fought with anyone else. He used to do his work. He was real bright and loved litereature. He was good in Electronic Data Processing. He was also a talented midfielder on the football field. This boy didn’t deserve to die like that. He and his cousin deserve justice,” cried another student.

Other students who were wiping away tears, said that Tevin was held up as a role model and a person who should be emulated because of his ability to balance studies with sports. Students stood in small groups yesterday, discussing the boys’ deaths.

Meanwhile, autopsy reports confirmed the two boys died from multiple gunshot wounds. According to Lisa De Leon-Alexander, her son Tevin had been riddled with bullets with the pathologist unable to determine exactly how much times he had been shot.

“If you could have only seen them. Those two boys were covered in bullet holes! This is beyond heinous! My child promised me he would get an engineering degree. He said if he doesn’t make it, he wants to go hotel school, because he loved to cook. How could you rob him of that chance just because he was running from someone else who did not want to do good.

“I don’t expect to get justice, I don’t expect to get understanding or compassion because we as Trinidadians are operating without compassion for human life. But Jesus will give me my justice,” De Leon-Alexander cried.

Police reported that at about 4.15 pm on Monday, police were responding to reports of shots fired in the Chinapoo area and when they responded, were greeted by gunfire. Police took cover and returned fire, which led to the two boys being shot.

However eyewitness reports say the two boys were fleeing from the area where gunshots were heard when they encountered police officers at Superville Hill. Witnesses said on seeing the police, Tevin and Hakeem fell to their knees in surrender and were shot.
 

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Autopsies of teenage cousins disprove eyewitness accounts of police killings
Cops upset at media reports on killings

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Kalifa Clyne and Jensen La Vende (T&T Guardian)

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Lisa De Leon-Alexander, mother of shooting victim Tevin, shows a photo of her nephew on her phone. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO

The autopsies of teenage cousins—Hakeem, 16, and Tevin Alexander, 15—disprove some eyewitness accounts that the boys were kneeling when they were shot by police. According to the autopsies, which were conducted by Hughvon des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, the boys were shot several times about the body. Some of the bullets exited and ricocheted from nearby objects and re-entered the teens’ body.

The autopsy showed both boys were shot from in front, with one receiving a gunshot injury to the back. The report said bullets also pierced the upper thigh of one boy and went through the knee, in an upwards direction, in the other boy. The pathologist also found that in one case the bullet jacket peeled off and was lodged in the chest of one victim, while the slug entered the chest area, which showed that the bullets were not fired from close range.

During the autopsy, police took a man who identified the two dead boys as his attackers, who had pointed a gun at him and shot at him. The cousins, who were the 25th and 26th victims of police killings so far this year, were also shot while facing their shooters and Tevin was shot more than his elder cousin, the autopsies concluded.

Speaking to the media at the FSC yesterday, Lisa De Leon-Alexander, Tevin’s mother, said the cousins were shot in the head, chest, legs and arms. Hakeem’s mother Suzette Alexander also viewed the autopsies with De Leon-Alexander. De Leon-Alexander described the sight of her son and nephew as “heinous.”
According to eyewitness reports at the scene at Superville Hill, Morvant, on Monday, police ordered the boys to go on their knees and put their hands up before shooting them.

Another witness who spoke to the T&T Guardian during a telephone interview yesterday, said she witnessed the boys’ killing and denied that they had fired at the lawmen. According to police, the teenagers were killed after they shot at policemen when they responded to report of shooting in the community. Police said around 4.15 pm police of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the North Eastern Division Task Force responded to reports of gunshots at Wallace Road, Chinapoo, Morvant.

When they arrived they were reportedly shot at and returned fire, fatally hitting the cousins, who were pronounced dead on arrival at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope. In yet another twist yesterday, a resident of the area said the teens were being pursued as possible recruits by gang leaders in Chinapoo, Morvant. “There are two fellas who come into the community to torment the youth men and try to get them to become Muslim and join the gangs,” the resident said, naming the two men involved in that process.

He added: “These men come around when the youths are liming, playing cards or football. They put on masks and pull out their guns and people are afraid.
“Up to last Saturday a group of people were gambling by the road and he (name called) ran up on them and pulled out the gun.
"These youth men weren’t on gun and thing. They would smoke weed, gamble and lime but they were not any bad boys.”

The resident disagreed with reports that the boys were involved in criminal activity, particularly Hakeem, who was a long-distance runner who won a Carifta bronze medal for T&T last year.
 
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