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A 64-year-old man was killed Wednesday night at the gates of the Tunapuna apartment complex he managed.

Investigators believe he was killed because he witnessed and reported a recent fire-bombing.

His death brought the murder toll up to 30 last night. The toll at the same time last year stood at 33.

Police said around 7.15 p.m. residents of Ali Street heard five gunshots. When they came out to investigate they found Kenneth Maitland dead at the gate of the apartments. A man they believe was the gunman was seen running away.

Residents called police and officers of the Tunapuna CID and the Region Two Homicide Bureau went the scene.

Police believe Maitland’s murder was linked to a fire-bombing he witnessed earlier this month at the apartments he managed.

He had reported the incident to the police. An autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday concluded that he died as a result of several gunshot injuries.

One of Maitland’s relatives, who did not want to be identified, recalled that minutes after he had been shot she unknowingly sent him a WhatsApp message about how violent the world had become.

She said the video was about the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani who died in a United States drone strike on January 3.

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