Sunday, February 25, 2018

Gunmen shoot and kill pregnant mom


Mark Fraser

A GUNMAN shot and killed a pregnant Arima mother of two on Sunday night, moments after she and her husband arrived at their home in Maturita Village, Arima.

Police said that around 8.45 p.m., the victim, Abigail Persad, 34, along with her husband and six-year-old daughter returned to their home on Manhattan Drive when her husband exited the car to open the gate. 

As he did so, the car was approached by a gunman dressed in all black.

The man drew a pistol and opened fire on Persad, hitting her five times about the body.

Her husband reportedly ran off when he saw the gunman.

The gunman fled after he fired the shots, following which the husband returned to the car and took Persad to the Arima District Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Express met Persad’s family yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park, where a middle-aged man who said he was her father offered no comment.

He said following the post-mortem procedure another relative would speak to reporters, but when they were approached they said: “This is a bad time for the family and we really don’t have anything to say right now.”

Police investigators said they had no motive behind the shooting death of Persad.

Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.

The murder toll stood at 27 up to last night, while the figure at the same time last year was 11.