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Cancer patient shoots wife dead, kills himself

By Stacy Moore Saturday, July 12 2014

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Heartbroken: Sookdeo Ragoo, right, is helped by relative Ramraj Ragoo, after visiting the scene where his son, Donald, killed himself after shooting h...
Heartbroken: Sookdeo Ragoo, right, is helped by relative Ramraj Ragoo, after visiting the scene where his son, Donald, killed himself after shooting h...

A Claxton Bay businessman, ailing with cancer, shot dead his common-law wife and then turned the gun on himself yesterday afternoon.

Shortly before taking his life, the man telephoned a relative informing him he had shot his wife and was about to kill himself and asked the relative to come and get their bodies. The tragedy occurred at Mosquito Creek, La Romaine a short distance away from the Shore of Peace cremation site.

The deceased have been identified as Donald Ragoo, 51, and his common-law wife, Pamela Maharaj 40. Ragoo was the owner of Seaview Restaurant and Bar located at Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay. The couple’s bodies were found floating face down in the waters off Mosquito Creek. Both bodies bore single gunshot wounds to the head.

According to police reports, shortly after 4 pm, Southern Division police officers were alerted that two bodies were floating in the sea. A party of officers led by Senior Supt Cecil Santana, Supt Zamsheed Mohammed, Sgt Mulchan Nanan, Sgt Maharaj and other officers went to the area where they discovered Ragoo and Maharaj’s bodies. Ragoo’s black Mitsubishi van was parked nearby with the words“Who God bless, no man curse” inscribed on the windscreen.

Police believe shortly after 3 pm, Ragoo set fire to his businessplace in Claxton Bay and then drove to Mosquito Creek. They believe Maharaj was sitting on rocks near the water when Ragoo shot her in the head and then turned the gun on himself.

Police said they were told Ragoo was diagnosed with cancer and was in a lot of pain. Police report they were also told he had financial problems.

At the crime scene, Ragoo’s father, Sookdeo, 87, said it was heartbreaking to watch his son in pain. “I did not know he was going to give up on life, I did not know,” wept Sookdeo. Three years ago Ragoo was diagnosed with cancer. “Since then he had not been the same. He was in a lot of pain with this cancer and then doctors told him that nothing could be done again,” Sookdeo said.

He said his son was depressed waiting to die. “The cancer started spreading all over his body. It was sad,” the emotional father said.

He said his son had undergone two operations for the cancer, but they were not successful. “I can’t believe it, I still can’t believe he is gone,” he said.

A relative also said Ragoo lost a matter involving a property in the High Court yesterday and that could have contributed to his frustrations. Sgt Maharaj of the San Fernando Police Station is continuing investigations.

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