Trinidad gunmen execute two young brothers as mother escapes

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police-line-400PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday June 2, 2014, CMC – Police are searching for the gunmen who stormed into a house in Morvant and shot and killed, execution style, two brothers, including a nine-year-old on Sunday.

Police said the gunmen entered the house and ordered the occupants, including nine-year-old Jadel Holder and his older brother, Jamal Brathwaite, 15, to lie on the ground before shooting them in the head.

A 16-year-old neighbour, Glendel Alexander, who was at the house of the time, was shot in the leg, while Michelle Holder, the mother of the dead brothers, escaped unhurt.

Investigators said despite his age, Brathwaite was well known to police, who they suspect had recently been initiated into the gang which operates in his community. He was also a suspect in several recent shootings in the Morvant area on the outskirts of the capital.

Residents described Brathwaite as a “trouble maker” and dropped out of school at the primary school level, while the nine-year-old is reported to have been a follower of his elder brother.

The murders bring to 185, the number of people murdered here so far this year. Last year the figure for the corresponding period was 154.

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