The murder toll for 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago now stands at five compared to one murder committed on New Year’s Day 2017.

Over the past four years, the month of January has proven as the bloodiest month in each year, and this year seems to be following the same trend as four murders were committed in first nine hours of the New Year.

The victims were identified as—Brandon Khan of Enterprise, Chaguanas; 59 year old retired police officer John Ramkissoon; 20 year old Miguel Simmons, a man only identified as Nic and Mark Bascombe.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Irwin Hackshaw, in an immediate response to the bloody start of 2018 said “The boots are on the ground.” He assured that the police will continue to keep working on trying to keep the murder rate down.

The first incident took place shortly after midnight while Khan was liming with friends at Goodwill Street when gunmen opened fire on the group.

Khan and five others were shot. Khan died while undergoing treatment at the Chaguanas Health Facility. Police said he was shot six times. The names of the five wounded people were not released up to press time.

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