Was it a coincidence that on the day that murdered housewife, Arisa David was laid to rest, her cousin Brandon Joseph Khan, was shot dead?
Khan was found with a gunshot wound to the head at Chickland, Freeport.
His murder and the discovery of two bodies, one of them a woman, have pushed the murders to 17 in six days.
Khan, 23, missed Arisa’s funeral on Friday because he had to babysit his four-month-old son, Liam, so his wife Krystal and other relatives could go.
Arisa, 25, was strangled between Monday night and Tuesday morning at her home on Limehead Road, Chase Village, Chaguanas. She lived with her daughters Ranessa, eight, and three-year-old Irisa. The suspect, 36, who in the past abused her, is still in police custody.
Arisa was buried at St Mary’s Public Cemetery, following a service at the family’s home.
Khan lived at Chandanagore Trace, Agostini Settlement, Chase Village. Khan was pursuing an emergency medical technician course in Charlieville, Chaguanas.
Police said that at about 1.30 pm on Saturday, a passer-by saw the body in a bushy area off Ramlal Trace in Chickland. Khan’s white Mazda 3 car was abandoned several metres away. he had been killed on Friday night.
Khan’s father, Omteeas, said Khan stayed at the home of his in-laws to babysit while Arisa’s funeral was in progress. Following the service, Khan went home with his family but returned with his wife to his in-laws.
He subsequently went out and was never seen again.
He added, “Normally they would come back home by 10.30 pm. So, we started calling but he was not answering. We kept calling and after a while the phone went dead. We started calling around.”
Around midday on Saturday, the family went to the Freeport Police Station to file a missing person’s report. While doing so, police informed them someone had been murdered at Chickland. The family went to scene where they confirmed the body was Khan.
“I cannot say if my son’s death is related to that of his cousin, or had any connection to the death of the other Brandon Khan,” Omteeas said.
Police were unable to say whether Khan’s murder was connected to Arisa’s.
On Saturday, a woman’s body was found at Orange Grove, Tacarigua off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway. It was badly decomposed and the remains were taken to the Forensic Science Center, Federation Park.
In an attempt to conceal the woman’s identity, her killer resorted to hacking off her hands and feet and it also appeared as though her face had been burnt before the body was dumped.
In spite of this, police said they believed they knew the woman’s identity but said they wanted to contact family members of missing women first to positively identify the body.
Ste Madeleine police are investigating the discovery of human remains found off the Solomon Hochoy Highway on Friday afternoon.
Police report that about 1 pm on Friday, two security officers employed with the Land Settlement Agency made the discovery while on a site visit at Allamby Street, St Clement’s, off the highway.
District medical officer Dr Ramadin subsequently ordered the removal of the remains to the Forensic Science Center.