Wedding suit: Riaz Karim looks on at the funeral service for his wife, Avianna Ramraj-Karim, yesterday.

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Teacher in mystery death laid to rest

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

THE husband of school teacher Avianna Ramraj-Karim who died mysteriously at a doctor’s office in Penal on Monday, turned up at her funeral yesterday dressed in his wedding suit.

Riaz Karim placed a red rose in his wife’s coffin at the funeral service held at her parents’ home at Hermitage Village, San Fernando, where their wedding took place four months ago. 

Hundreds of mourners turned up at the final rites of Ramraj-Karim, 24, who died suddenly on Monday and whose death has been listed as “undetermined” by a pathologist. 

Police were told Ramraj-Karim, a teacher at the Parvati Girls’ Hindu School, had experienced a seizure on the morning she died. 

In the eulogy, her brother, Shivan Ramraj, said during their wedding reception four months ago, Karim had entered a verbal contract with him to protect and keep her safe. 

“The heart strings of the family were torn when she said she was captivated by Riaz’s love,” said Ramraj. 

Ramraj said his sister came from a close-knit family, where “if you touch one, you touch all”. 

Karim walked out of the funeral service. He was followed by scores of his relatives and neighbours. 

Officiating pundit Vishnudath Maharaj told mourners that while Ramraj-Karim’s passing “may have baffled many, it is important to remember that part of life was death”. 

The Express was told Karim had been discharged from hospital on Thursday evening after spending four days being treated for poisoning. 

Karim’s relatives said after his wife’s death at the doctor’s office on Monday, Karim cried and spoke to no one. He left the doctor’s office and returned a short while later and began vomiting.

Toxicology tests have been ordered from samples taken from Ramraj-Karim’s body. 

Relatives said the couple, who married on September 1 last year, seemed to be very happy. 

They lived at Banwarie Branch Trace, San Francique Road.  

Ramraj-Karim was cremated yesterday at the Mosquito Creek, La Romaine. 

Karim turned up at the cremation site, surrounded by his relatives. 

He looked on while his wife’s relatives performed the last rites on the body. 

Cpl Rambajhan of the Penal Police Station is investigating.

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