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Vexation brings out the worst

Relative on San Juan murder-suicide:

By Gyasi Gonzales

THE father of the man who murdered his girlfriend then killed himself on Saturday at their apartment in San Juan said he was sorry for what happened, but “on vexation the worst can happen don’t matter how much control you have”.

Shastri Roopnarine, 24, and his girlfriend Angela Persad, 22, were both found dead at their Ramcharan Drive apartment, off Don Miguel Road in San Juan, shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday.

During the wee hours of that morning (around 12.30 a.m.) neighbours heard gunshots, which they initially thought were firecrackers.

They paid it no mind, but when both Roopnarine and Persad did not emerge from their apartment all day on Saturday they became suspicious and contacted the police as well as the landlord.

Around 3 p.m., the front door was opened and, in the bedroom, Persad’s body, with gunshots to her head and chest, was found.

Roopnarine’s body was found leaning face down on the bed with a gun next to him.

At the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park yesterday, Persad’s family had little to say.

Her sister, who did not want her name mentioned, said: “She was a friendly woman. She was fun. She had energy and was full of life.”

Bobby Roopnarine, Shastri’s father, spoke about his son.

“I ent have nothing to hide,” he said.

He said his son had a three-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and this often led to a few quarrels between him and his girlfriend.

Roopnarine also admitted that his son had a few run-ins with the law “and he lied a lot and when he was in trouble I tried my best to help him. But, really and truly, everyone is sad about this because no one expected him to go that way, but there was always a little conflict between him and the girl and they would fall out today and be together tomorrow”.

He said he last spoke to his son on Friday, “And he was normal, but I’m sorry that he killed himself and her but on vexation the worst can happen...”

Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.

 
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