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Dwight Turpin

A Tobago family is trying to come to terms with the death of their relative, after he was brutally murdered on his job site in full view of his co-workers yesterday.

Dead is Dwight Turpin, 38, of St Ceceila Road, Concordia, a labourer with the Tobago House of Assembly.

Police aid Turpin was attacked around 7 am at Mt Hay Trace, a remote area in Black Rock, while working with a team attached to the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment.

Guardian Media understands that Turpin was with his co-workers when a lone masked gunman, wearing a wig and sheet over his head, walked up to him and shot him several times about his head and body. He died on the side of the road. Police said the assailant then escaped in Turpin’s vehicle, a white Honda Civic registered under PBX 4820. The vehicle has still not been recovered.

Turpin’s mother Denise Mohammed said yesterday that her son was a loving person and a family-oriented individual

“Woe beyond to the man who pulled that trigger on my son. Woe beyond to that man who killed my son. My son never shed nobody blood, Dwight is a mouth-a man. My son had a loving heart, my son did love his family. To know him was to love him, because he was a loving child, he had his way, he was not perfect, no man is perfect,” she said.

The family said they were unaware of any reason why someone would have wanted to kill Turpin.

An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

In extending condolences yesterday, THA Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis said the necessary counselling and psychological support would be afforded to all the employees who were impacted by the incident. He said he met with Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith last week and Tobago’s crime situation was discussed.

The Tobago Homicide Bureau is continuing investigations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 800-TIPS, 555 or the nearest police station.