THE family members of Donald Ragoo and Pamela Maharaj, who died in a suspected suicide pact on Friday, had no clue the couple were planning to die or destroy properties.
They said they were still in shock over what has happened.
On Friday, Ragoo, 58,
of Southern Main Road,
Claxton Bay, was discov-
ered dead next to Maharaj, 41. The bodies that were found around 5 p.m. lay on a reclaimed piece of land being prepared as part of the highway extension project.
The couple lived in Crescent Drive, Macaulay, and had no children.
Police said they have not
ruled out any possibilities in the deaths and would know more after relatives were interviewed and the autopsy results known.
Before killing himself, Ragoo set fire to his house in Crescent Drive that he had put up for sale and also to a bar in Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, he had lost in the court matter involving relatives of his first wife, who died eight years ago.
Maharaj’s sister, Anita Maharaj, said the couple were depressed after losing
their house and bar, follow-
ing a property dispute that went to court.
Maharaj told reporters on Friday: “They were very depressed and last year, Donald found out that he had cancer. He built that house from scratch and when he lost the case, they told him that he had to leave his home. They did not have anywhere to go.”
Yesterday, when the Sunday Express visited Maharaj’s home in Realise Road, Princes Town, relatives were unwilling to give much information about Maharaj. But one said he spoke to Maharaj frequently; he never suspected anything unusual and her death was a shock.
Ragoo’s nephew, Baldath
Ragoo, told the Sunday Express he, too, and other family members were astounded.
He said: “We had no idea
of what was going on. He (Donald) never really spoke
to any of us about his problems. We just got a call from
him saying, ‘Come to the creek and you will find my
van and my body,’ and when
we got that call, we panicked. You must panic when you get a call like that.”
He said after the autop-
sies were completed tomor-
row, funeral arrangements will be made. He said the Ragoo family was liaising with the Maharaj family to have a joint funeral service for the couple.
Sgt Maharaj of the Homi-
cide Bureau (South) is con-