ARMED police officers attended the funeral of murdered Shanti Sewlal yesterday after family members reported to police they had received threats since the mother of two was killed.
Sewlal was stabbed to death on Monday by a male relative who has since gone into hiding.
The three officers who attended the funeral at Sewlal's home at Esmeralda Branch Road, Corosal, Williamsville, have a description of the 38-year-old suspect.
The funeral for Sewlal, 31, was held at the same house where she was killed.
Sewlal was leaving the shower when she was confronted and stabbed with a knife. The killing was witnessed by her children.
The suspect was seen in his sister's car following the murder but fled after she told him to surrender to police.
At the service, Sewlal's children, aged nine and 12, cried as they stood at their mother's coffin.
Pastor Harricharan Soobir of the Springs of Living Water Ministries said at the funeral: "Let there be repentance, that men and women will turn from a life of wickedness and will be turned onto you (God)".
He also prayed for peace for the family.
"You and I may never know how it feels to lose a daughter, a sister, a mother or a friend this young. We will never know but this family is going through this right now. ... You (the family) can find peace in the Lord. He can create peace for you in the midst of a troubled world," Soobir said.
Relatives said Sewlal faced verbal and physical abuse for several years and had two protection orders against the man who allegedly killed her.
She ended a 13-year relationship two months ago to start a new life.
The police officers also stood watch last evening when Sewlal's body was buried at Whiteland Public Cemetery.