Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Missing sister returns home

The sister of Affisha Dyer, who was shot on Saturday morning, returned home yesterday after being missing for a day.

Kizzy Dyer, 20, disappeared when a gunman opened fire on a group of friends where her sister was liming, killing her sister and seriously wounding her neighbour Nikisha Elliot.

The gunman, who was masked, was accompanied by two others, one armed with a cutlass.

Yesterday, Dyer’s mother Mahalia Cooper said her daughter returned home safely at Samuel Cooper Road, St Mary’s Village, Moruga at around 11 a.m.

The family did not file a missing person’s report at St. Mary’s Police Station.

Cooper said her daughter was staying by a friend because she feared for her safety.

Affisha Dyer was shot several times while playing cards with neighbours outside her home at around 2 a.m. on Saturday.

She later died at Princes Town District Health Facility. Elliot is warded at San Fernando General Hospital.

Affisha Dyer was unemployed and her three children--ages five, three and one--are now in her mother’s care.

Member of Parliament for Moruga Clifton De Coteau visited the family yesterday morning.

De Coteau, who is also the Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, said: “It is very sad and unfortunate what happened. We here at the ministry are trying to protect women. Why were the two women targeted out of all the men who were there?”

Police arrested two persons in connection with the murder--a 32-year-old resident of La Brea and a 31-year-old from Oropouche.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted today.

Cooper has asked for Government’s assistance to help with the funeral arrangements for her daughter and also to be able to obtain a food card.

An official at the Ministry of the People and Social Development said the family will be able to access the ministry’s funeral grant and also get a food card.