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Cousins shot dead by police

NEWS GRAPHIC 7Relatives of two teens shot and killed yesterday are now left to mourn their deaths.

Hakeem Alexander 16 and his 15 year-old cousin Tevin Alexander  are now dead after being shot by police officers.

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 states that the boys were taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

However the boys’ family told a diffirent story.

Hakeem’s mother Lisa De Leon-Alexander revealed that she called her son yesterday and he told her that they were being shot at by an individual in the area and they

were running to her mother’s house.

A short while later she stated, she was told of her son’s death.
Tevin’s aunt claims she ran out of her house when she saw uniformed police put the teens to kneel down with their hands in the air, then train their guns on them.

She said she begged the police officers to spear them, but they only turned their guns on her.

She recounted that the police shot the boys then took them up and placed them in their van.

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

Tevin was a form four pupil at Belmont Secondary School.