UPDATE:’Hero’ killed while defending friends

A man was shot and killed while trying to defend his friends during a robbery early Monday morning.

Thirty-six-year-old Matthew De Silva of Hut­tonette Dri­ve was shot several times at a house in St Anns. He was said to be at the home of his friends when the masked man walked in and tried to rob them. De Silva fought with the assailant but was shot. The gunman fled the scene.

He died while undergoing treatment at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. De Silva who lived at Huttonette Drive in St Ann’s was a father of three. He was described as a loving man who always tried to help others.

Police are continuing investigations.