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ASAMI STRANGLED

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Friday, February 12 2016

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THE young Japanese woman whose body was found on the western end of the Queen’s Park Savannah on Ash Wednesday morning was murdered. A release sent to the media yesterday by the police confirmed that Asami Nagakiya died as a result of manual strangulation (using bare hands to choke someone to death). This was the finding of an autopsy conducted at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday by pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, according to the release.

Asami was found dead on Ash Wednesday under a tree at on the western side of the Queen’s Park Savannah, near Queen’s Royal College (QRC). Sources revealed last night that a Woodbrook man was among several persons assisting police with investigations into the death of Japanese national. While many persons have come forward to assist one in particular was being held by the police for further questioning.

Sources also indicated that the police were searching the Woodbrook area yesterday for a male acquaintance of the Japanese woman.

Police could be seen yesterday on Woodford Street, where Asami was staying for the Carnival, accompanied by persons clad in white hasmat suits, scanning her home and the immediate area for evidence.

While police continue their probe into the murder, tributes and condolences continued to pour in from the pan community. Newsday was told by PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars captain Cherisse Pouchet that Asami joined the band five years ago and played with them in the 2016 competition. She said Asami came to the country every year with friends for Carnival to play pan and enjoy the two-day celebration.

Her group, Newsday was told, came to play in separate bands.

She noted that she never had an unpleasant conversation with the young woman. “She is one of the nicest people you could meet,” said Pouchet. “No one could recall an unpleasant encounter with her. She was always smiling. She was also a very diligent person. She would stand in the pan yard and practice for hours on end. She was very talented.

She was just one of the nicest people you could meet. All the band members were very close to her. No she doesn’t have any family in Trinidad.” Members of the Pandemonium band, a youth steel orchestra based on Norfolk Street, Belmont, also expressed shock and sadness after hearing of her death, and the manner in which she died. Newsday understands that she went to the band to play last August. “When I met her she was just a bundle of joy,” said one Pandemonium member.

“It seemed like her happiest moments was when she was playing pan. I feel really sad to know that she was killed. She did not deserve to die that way.” “It hit close to home when we heard of her death,” another member added. “She had an effervescent personality. The first time I met her, she hugged me and smiled at me like we had known each other all our lives. She was such a great person in the pan community. I learned about her culture. She taught me about origami.

When we heard of an Asian woman being found in the savannah we were hoping that it was not her.” Last night members of the Silver Stars staged a candlelight vigil in Asami’s memory. Many band mates shed tears as they held hands and prayed.



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