Port of Spain, Trinidad (TDN) -- With barely two months into 2013, the death toll from murders in Trinidad and Tobago has raced to 59 at a rate of more than one death a day. Just this past weekend, violence claimed the lives of seven more victims in what Police has described as a particularly bloody weekend .
According to the Police, those murdered over the weekend ranged from ages 27 to 41 with most of the killings occurring in what has been dubbed the east-west corridor, a particularly volatile stretch linked to drug trafficiking and increasingly violent deaths.
Kevin Thomas, age 26 was shot and killed at a car park, while 29-year-old Terry Gill was at his Longdenville home with his wife when on investigating a knock on his front door was shot multiple times and killed.
31-year-old Brent Delcon was shot by an unidentified gunman near his home in Arima, and 41-year-old Marlon Bradshaw was shot and killed during a drive-by.
Also, 23 year Ronald Nurse was stabbed to death after he was confronted outside a bar by a man and on Sunday 27-year-old Sherman Toussaint was shot and killed inj Cocorite, west of Port of Spain. Another unidentified victimís bullet riddled body was discovered just on the outskirts of Port of Spain on Sunday.
Police say they have made an arrest in the stabbing death of nurse after viewing the CCTV footage from a camera positioned outside the bar. The blood-stained weapon used in the murder was also recovered and the man is expected to be charged with murder later this week.
Meanwhile, Acting Police Commissioner Steven Williams said that to bring down crime in Trinidad and Tobago it will take more than just Police work and that the underlying social issues must be addressed.