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Couva mom gunned down

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Tuesday, February 4 2014

GUNMEN shot and killed a mother of one yesterday afternoon in Couva not far from a pre-school where she was heading to pick up her three-year-old son.

Stacy Roopan, 25, a nursing student at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts’ (COSTAATT) south campus, who had dreams of opening her own pre-school, died instantly after being shot multiple times along Isaiah Street in Balmain, Couva. Relatives said that in December, her car was broken into and the perpetrator(s) left a note threatening to kill her because of a court case in which she may have been a State witness.

Police investigators said Roopan left her home at De Montebruin Street in Couva, to go to the nearby pre-school to pick up her son Christano Harickdeo at about 1.30 pm when the incident occurred.

As she was walking along Isaiah Street, a white car pulled up alongside her and the occupants opened fire. Residents told police they heard about ten shots.

On checking, they saw the woman’s bullet-riddled body. Her killing brought this country’s murder toll to 51 for the year.

The car sped off and up to last night Ag Snr Supt Johnny Abraham together with officers from Central Division were continuing investigations. Roopan’s father Lutchman “Andy” Roopan said moments before the shooting, he and his daughter together with his son-in-law Peter Harickdeo were watching television at her home.

After debating among themselves about who should go and pick up Christano from school, Stacy opted to go.

“We heard the gunshots and my gut feeling was that someone had just killed my daughter,” said the distraught man. Roopan’ mother Sally had to be taken away from the crime scene as she almost collapsed on seeing the body on the road.

Roopan’s brother Prem told Newsday that his sister did not deserve to die in such a violent manner. “She was a loving person. She had her ways like everyone else but my sister did not deserve this. She often said she wanted to open a pre-school and she loved nursing,” Prem said.

Cousin Louren Mohammed was confident that relatives would get justice for the killing from Almighty God.

“I do not know why someone would want to do Stacy that. We grew up together. She was very quiet and pretty. Jesus will give us justice...neither the police nor government can do that,” Mohammed said. A man was last night assisting police with their investigations.

An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

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