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Sister, 11, found the body

By Alexander Bruzual

Instead of celebrating the fact that two of their children sat the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) yesterday, relatives of 13-year-old Devindra Boodoo, of Sadoo Trace, Aranjuez, were plunged into mourning after the teenager took his own life. 

According to police reports, around 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, Boodoo, a pupil of the El Socorro Hindu Primary School, was found hanging from a rope in the bathroom of his home. 

His body was discovered by his 11-year-old sister who was also set to write the SEA yesterday. 

It was reported that when she couldn’t find her brother on Wednesday afternoon, she went looking for him. But when she peeked through a window to the bathroom, she was horrified to find her brother hanging from a rope. 

She screamed, raising an alarm which caused her grandfather to respond. 

Upon being told by the 11-year-old that her brother was dead, he looked into the room himself before forcing his way in. 

The grandfather cut the rope from which Boodoo’s body hung and attempted to resuscitate him, however, he was unable to do so. 

The police and emergency health services were notified and a party of officers from the Barataria Police Station and the North Eastern Division responded. Unfortunately, the child remained unresponsive to any attempts to revive him. 

Relatives told police the teenager had come home from school on Wednesday afternoon around one o’clock and they did not observe anything wrong. 

They said “he seemed normal” and when he came home, he went for food, and then spent over an hour watching television. 

He was last seen by his grandfather around 4 p.m. when he observed the teenager walking throughout the house to the bathroom. 

At the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, Port of Spain, yesterday, Boodoo’s relatives were reserved. 

They told the media they were hurting and they did not want to say anything. When pressed, one relative acknowledged the family was understandably shocked over the incident as they did not see it coming.

“We can’t understand why. He seemed to be a happy, normal boy. He didn’t do anything to indicate he was feeling depressed or anything,” explained one relative. 

Boodoo, police said, has two other brothers. 

Police sources said his sister was disappointed and saddened over the incident, and a decision was made by her mother to keep her away from the SEA yesterday.  

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