Entire Trinidad family wiped out in highway shooting

Entire Trinidad family wiped out in highway shooting
The victims of this morning’s triple murder have been identified as George Quintero, Carmelita Garcia-Quintero and Quintero’s daughter, Marisol.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Po­lice are baf­fled over the mur­der of a San Fer­nan­do fam­i­ly who was found in­side their pick-up along the Solomon Ho­choy High­way, Ste Madeleine, yes­ter­day.

Up to yes­ter­day, homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were still try­ing to piece to­geth­er the ev­i­dence col­lect­ed from the mur­der scene, but could not yet es­tab­lish a mo­tive for the mur­ders of George Quin­tero, 53, his wife Carmeli­ta Gar­cia-Quin­tero, 62 and their daugh­ter Marisol Quin­tero, 33.

Re­ports stat­ed that around 7 am, a passer­by con­tact­ed po­lice, in­form­ing them that three peo­ple were seen sit­ting mo­tion­less in a red Nis­san Fron­tier pick-up on the shoul­der of the high­way.

High­way pa­trol and Ste Madeleine po­lice re­spond­ed and found the pick-up parked on the bridge pass­ing over the Cipero Riv­er.

The gear was in the parked po­si­tion and the head­lights were still on. Of­fi­cers found Quin­tero in the dri­ver’s seat with a gun­shot wound to the left side of his face, Gar­cia-Quin­tero in the front pas­sen­ger’s seat with a gun­shot wound to the right side of her face and Marisol in the rear pas­sen­ger’s seat with wounds to her head and chin. There were gun­shots holes on the front and rear wind­screen and the right-rear pas­sen­ger’s side win­dow was shat­tered, lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors to sus­pect the killer came from the out­side.

How­ev­er, it was not de­ter­mined how many gun­men car­ried out the mur­ders. There was al­so a dent on the rear right side of the pick-up but of­fi­cers could not say whether it was fresh.

South­ern Di­vi­sion po­lice, led by Snr Supt Zamsheed Mo­hammed and of­fi­cers of the Homi­cide Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Re­gion Three, in­clud­ing ASP Steve Per­sad and In­sp Dar­ryl Cor­rie re­spond­ed.

With the view of the ve­hi­cle ex­posed to the pub­lic, po­lice parked a ve­hi­cle to block off the view, re­sult­ing in traf­fic grid­lock. But the news hor­ri­fied the many passers­by and those whose cu­rios­i­ty got the bet­ter of them and stopped.

No one was at the fam­i­ly’s Block 5, Palmiste home as rel­a­tives went to the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre where an au­top­sy was ex­pect­ed to take place. Both Gar­cia-Quin­tero and Marisol were un­em­ployed while Quin­tero was a small con­trac­tor who ser­viced hy­draulic equip­ment. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said that checks did not show the fam­i­ly to be in­volved in any wrong­do­ing. A neigh­bour de­scribed them as peace­ful. He said the cou­ple would leave home dai­ly and re­turn be­fore dark. How­ev­er, they did not re­turn last night.

It was be­lieved that they were re­turn­ing home from Movie Towne, San Fer­nan­do, but noth­ing so far in­di­cat­ed why they stopped on the shoul­der. Passers­by re­port­ed that they had seen the pick-up there at mid­night, but did not no­tice any­thing strange.

Po­lice were ex­pect­ed to in­ter­view rel­a­tives yes­ter­day, with the hope of piec­ing to­geth­er the cir­cum­stances that led to the mur­ders.


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