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19 murders in 7 days

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS and ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Wednesday, January 8 2014

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OVERCOME: Rannee Ramdeen, virtually collapses in the arms of Cpl Phagoo after she learnt of the murder of her parents Krishna and Radha Ramdeen, who w...
OVERCOME: Rannee Ramdeen, virtually collapses in the arms of Cpl Phagoo after she learnt of the murder of her parents Krishna and Radha Ramdeen, who w...

THE brutal chopping death of Cedros couple Krishna and Radha Ramdeen and the equally brutal shooting of Arouca resident Hezekiah Mark — who was killed in the presence of his young son — have pushed to 19, the number of murders committed in the first seven days of this year.

In the Cedros incident, a man who yesterday went to assist his parents in operating their mini- mart and bar, got the shock of his life when he found his father and mother’s bodies with multiple chop wounds. Last night, the entire village was mourning the death of the well-known couple.

The couple, Krishna Ramdeen, 62, and Radha Ramdeen, 57, were found dead inside their Fullerton Village, Cedros house. Police said at about 8.30 am, Ravi Ramdeen, 27, went to his parents’ home to assist in opening the businessplace White Diamond Bar. He called out to his parents, but got no answer.

Ramdeen later entered the house and went into his parents’ bedroom where he found his father’s body on the bed with chop wounds to his face and hands. On the floor, next to the bed, was his mother’s with a plastic bag placed over her head and an electrical cord tied around her neck. Both her hands bore chop wounds with the left being almost severed.

Although a motive was not yet determined by police, relatives believe a robbery gone bad may have led to the couple’s murder. The couple’s other son Rakesh Ramdeen, 40, of Dolsingh Street, Fullerton Village, told Newsday his parents lived alone and he last spoke with them on Monday afternoon. Rakesh described his parents as genuine individuals who did not have any enemies.

“If my mother cook and people are liming in the bar, she would give them food. She would offer them anything she cooked. They were very good people. My father was a very sickly man. He suffered a stroke nine years ago,” Ramdeen said.

Scores of curious onlookers gathered in front of the home and businessplace of the murdered couple while Supt Harry, Insp Granger, Sgts Mahabir and Richardson and other officers interviewed several persons.

The couple’s daughter Rannee Ramdeen, 39, who lives not far from her parents, was inconsolable. As she screamed, Cpl Phagoo of Cedros Police Station hugged her. “God saw everything. He will give us justice. Mammy and daddy...allyuh gone and leave me!” she cried.

Her brother Robin Ramdeen, 41, of Cunupia called on the authorities to have police and soldiers patrol the rural district. The bodies were later removed to the Forensic Science Centre, St James where autopsies are expected to be done today. No arrest has been made.



Man killed in front son



in an unrelated incident, while in the midst of making breakfast for his ten-year-old son yesterday morning, 35-year-old Hezekiah Mark was attacked and gunned down by two armed men who stormed his Arouca home.

Police reported at about 7.45 am, Mark of Hillview Drive, Arouca, was at home with his ten-year-old son, when two gunmen stormed the house. After a loud confrontation with Mark, the men opened fire on the 35-year-old father — in full view of his son.

Police said Mark, out of fear for his life and in an attempt to lure his attackers away from his son, ran to the back of the home onto Sunset Drive. However, at that very moment the attackers opened fire again, hitting Mark several times about the body.

The injured man then fell into a drain at the back of his house, while his attackers went to ensure that their victim was indeed dead by pumping more bullets into his body. They then ran off.

Residents of the area notified the police, and a party of officers from the Arouca Police Station, the Northern Division Task Force and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Senior Superintendent John Daniel, Senior Superintendent David Abraham, and Sergeant Pitt visited the scene. Both Sunset Drive and Hillview Drive were cordoned-off and crime scene investigators swept the area, recovering several spent shells in the process.

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