A budding singer and father of three was gunned down while walking along Milk Road, Turure, Sangre Grande, yesterday.
Kerwyn Coa, 33, of Milk Road, died on the spot after a gunman shot him several times in front of his girlfriend, who escaped the attack unhurt.
According to police reports, around 4.30 pm, Coa had just purchased KFC and mangoes and was walking along Milk Road with his girlfriend when his attacker jumped out of some bushes and began firing at him. Coa ran a short distance to avoid the gunman, who followed him and continued firing. Coa eventually fell on the roadway and died instantly.
Police officers from the Sangre Grande CID, Task Force and Homicide officers from the Arouca Bureau Region 2 responded.
Relatives who rushed to the scene cried continuously after getting there, some hugging and consoling each other.
Meanwhile, villagers who rushed out their houses looked on in shock, noting they had just seen Coa minutes before with his girlfriend.
Relative Lee Coa said Kenwyn was a single parent, as he was responsible for taking care of his first child, a boy, from his first relationship, while other the children lived with their mother.
He said Coa was a budding singer and was friends with some of the popular local artistes.
“He was focused on becoming a professional singer, that was his goal. He seldom limed, as his interest was on his son,” Lee said.
Kerwyn’s girlfriend was said to be traumatised by the incident and could not speak.
Asked about his son, Lee said he too was traumatised and would be taken care of by his aunt.
District Medical Officer Dr Rampersad viewed the body and it removed to the Sangre Grande Hospital mortuary pending postmortem at the Forensic Science Centre.
Visiting the scene was Snr Supt Khan, head of the Eastern Division.
Coa’s killing pushed the toll to 247 for the year.
Homicide officers from the Arouca Bureau Region 2 are continuing enquiries.