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Cops keeping watch on murdered mom's home

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com  

POLICE officers have been keeping watch at the home of Freeport mother of two Jennifer Ali who was abducted and murdered last Thursday morning.

Relatives said yesterday that police patrols have been regular in the area, and police officers turned up at the home during prayer services on evenings.

Ali's mother, Joyce Alexander, said the family had felt comforted by their presence.

"We are thankful to have them around," Alexander said. "We feel a bit safer."

Ali was kidnapped and bundled into the backseat of her Isuzu pick-up truck shortly after she left her home at Cemetery Road, Calcutta #2, around 6 a.m. Thursday.

Less than an hour later police officers found the vehicle on fire and a body in the back seat of her pick-up.

"If whoever did what they did could go to that brutal and cruel extent with Jenny, then they could come back here. We don't know who it is and what they want," said Ali's sister-in-law Afrose Manny.

A High Court matter to settle a dispute over a portion of land which was allegedly inherited by Ali was expected to begin next month.

Ali's husband, building contractor and pastor Hadar Ali, was said to be too distraught to speak to the Sunday Express yesterday.

Last evening, the family held a memorial service at the house in Ali's honour.

"Every night we have over 200 visitors to the house. Jenny touched so many lives, people have so many positive things to say. We have gotten calls from Guyana, Suriname, and the USA from persons who are sending condolences to us. So we are having a final service so the family can have some private time," said Manny.

Ali's children, a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy have given blood samples which will be used in the DNA testing process towards identifying the body.

The case comes less than a month after the burnt bodies of Debe cousins Dale and Jerome Ramsahai were found in the trunk of their car in the Heights of Guanapo, Arima.

The bodies have still not been returned to relatives for final rites since the results of DNA tests being done in the United States are still pending.

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