The Carnival has been marred with violence, as five men, among them the brother of attorney Wayne Sturge, were killed in separate incidents during last Friday's Soca Monarch competition and J'Ouvert morning, this according to the Guardian News out of Trinidad.
Their deaths have pushed the year's murder toll to 50. Several others were stabbed and robbed during the Carnival celebrations. It was only last week that Police Commissioner Trevor Paul announced that no one would spoil the mas, while Tourism Minister Joseph Ross said tourists had nothing to fear.
Nicholas Sturge died at Port-of-Spain General Hospital on Sunday, after he was stabbed during Friday's Soca Monarch at Queen's Park Oval.
Sturge, 25, of Greenhill Village in Diego Martin, died after suffering from multiple stab wounds to his back, detectives said.
A report said Sturge was at the competition around 5 am on Saturday when he was accosted by two men who attempted to rob him.
Sturge struggled with the men and was stabbed in the back. The men disappeared in the crowd.
Sturge was taken to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.
Three other patrons were stabbed at the Oval and taken to hospital for treatment.
Up to late Monday evening, one party goer was listed in critical condition. The other two patrons were treated and discharged.
Former Laventille Executive Council member Sheldon "Croc" Scott, of Picton Road, was killed on Sunday night at Fatima Trace in Laventille.
Police said Scott, described as "Most Wanted and notorious," died around 9 pm.
A report said residents heard several loud explosions. On checking, Scott's body was found in a pool of blood.
Macdonald Padmore, public relations officer of the Laventille Executive Council, said men were killing for fame or a stupid cause.
Padmore said peace talks would be held after Carnival.
Wayne Sherry, 40, of Prizgar Lands in Laventille, was found dead on Sunday night on Sixth Street, Beetham Gardens.
A police report said Sherry left home with a female companion to find transport for her around 10.15 pm.
Beetham residents reportedly heard several loud explosions and called the police.
When officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded, they found Sherry's body on the road.
His body bore multiple gunshot wounds.