Investigating officers are yet to make a breakthrough into Thursday’s bloodbath in the Heights of Guanapo in Arima, where four children were killed while asleep at their home.
Speaking with Guardian Media, police sources said they have had no success yet in making any arrests and establishing a motive for the killings.
When contacted, DCP Kurt Simon said, “We are doing things that are bearing some fruit, but this is the nature of investigations.”
Meanwhile, the autopsies are expected to be conducted at the T&T Forensic Science Centre on Wednesday.
Just after midnight on Thursday, tragedy struck the Peterkin family and the community of Guanapo when nine people were shot by armed gunmen. They were all shot while asleep.
The four killed were identified as Faith Peterkin, ten; Arianna Peterkin, 14; Shane Peterkin, 17, and Tiffany Peterkin, 19.
Those injured were Idris Crawford, 17, Jamiah Crawford, 14, Christian Stephen, 18, Shenika Peterkin, 21, and Jason Mohammed, 25.
Residents are now forced to remain indoors for fear of the criminal elements. However, they feel a bit safe with the regular joint police and army patrols in the area.
Anisa Mohammed, the distraught mother, said that her four children who were killed were innocent.
Some residents are contemplating moving out of the area.
Hinds wants case study on the murders
National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds, meanwhile, is calling on his Cabinet colleagues to join him in a case study to unearth what circumstances led to Thursday’s gruesome murders in the Heights of Guanapo.
Hinds spoke to journalists as he participated in the Sal Tarrae Sustainable Development Foundation’s (STSDF) anti-crime march in La Brea yesterday. Hinds said he felt obliged to attend as the community was not just talking about crime but taking a stand by educating people. Hinds called on the Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox; Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe; Minister of Youth Development and National Service, Foster Cummings, to join him in a case study, saying there must be a big story behind the murders and that the results might not be pleasant.
“But certainly, to have resulted in the more than tragic result where four children, including a ten year old, would have lost their lives in the circumstances we are now familiar with, there has to be a story. There has to be some social and other circumstances that, all coming together, have resulted in that,” Hinds said.
Hinds described the murders as heinous, unbearable, intolerable, nasty, and murderous and prayed that the police would solve them.
He said he was confident police were directing time and resources to the investigation and making progress. Hinds said no one can deny that T&T has opportunities for everyone, including sports, business, academics, religion, and entrepreneurship. He said when he sees crime occurring, he reflects on those opportunities and sees it unnecessary for people to thief, rob, rape, and murder or be corrupt people to succeed.
“You do not have to thief, rob, rape, arson, and murder to succeed in T&T. You do not have to be corrupt because white-collar crime is also part of our problem. You do not have to do all of that because opportunities are here, and no one can challenge me on that fact, and it is not necessary to have to kill to get food.”
He said bail was a vexing question in law enforcement as officers complained there are too many instances where people commit grievous crimes and get bail and return to the streets to commit crimes.
“You saw a few hours ago, reported in the paper, one man on bail for a murder charge, now caught with guns. God knows what he was about to do to them or could have done or have. I do not want to comment too much on the individual case, but he got bail for that as well, and the courts in our constitutional arrangement guards, very jealously, its right to deal with the issue of bail.”
Hinds said that even with legislation, the court construes those decisions are for the judiciary, and he accepts it. He said delays in the criminal justice system were reasons people have successful bail applications. Hinds said the Government was working to quicken the system.