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Undertakers remove the body of 17-year-old Christopher Cummings, who was found under galvanise on a river bank at Achong Trace, Tunapuna, yesterday.

Police say their preliminary investigations show that the murder of 17-year-old Christopher Cummings, whose body was found near his home at Achong Trace, Tunapuna, on Tuesday, was gang-related.

They say they are concerned that the killing might signal a resurgence of criminal gang activity in the area, as it was several years ago.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they are bracing for reprisals following Cummings’ death and in response to concerns raised by residents, mobile patrols in the area will be increased.

The officer appealed to residents to contact the TTPS app, 999, 555 or 800 TIPS if they see any suspicious activity.CEPEP workers found Cummings body at about 9.15 am on Tuesday hidden beneath two sheets of galvanize in a park.

It was in an advanced state of decomposition.  District Medical Officer Dr Ishwaravaka viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Forensic Science Centre for a postmortem examination. Cummings’ brother, Trevor Walker, reported him missing on March 6. The teen was last seen alive at home at about 8.30 pm on March 5 by another brother, Curtis Cummings.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat Rostant