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Mother killed while protecting her 5 month old baby

by | Jun 23, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 9A 5 month girl is lucky to be alive today after narrowly escaping gunfire from armed men engaged in what police are calling a turf war in east Port of Spain.

The baby’s mother however did not survive after being shot in her head.

39-year-old Patrina Salandy died, while she was still cradling baby Kayla to protect her.

Residents claimed that they found the baby on the road next to her mother’s body with only minor injuries.

According to reports, Salandy was walking along St Paul Street with her baby and her three older sons Lorenzo, 13, Raheem, 11 and Jaydon, through the area in which

residents had set up road blocks on Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Keshorn Daniel.

Residents state that around 11.45 am, a group of men with what they described as machine guns ran down the hill and opened fire.

Salandy tried to protect her baby, who dropped to the ground after she was killed.

Residents who witnessed what happened took the baby and siblings into an apartment.

They removed the baby’s blood-stained clothes and gave the baby a bath.
Both the baby and he mother were taken to the hospital.

A 16-year-old boy identified only as Reshaun, was also fatally shot in the incident. Friends of the second victim said this was the third time he had been shot.

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