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Woman murdered in Carapo

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Sheldon Rodrigo, right, brother of Dorothy Rodrigo, who was killed in Carapo yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS. Insert: Dorothy Rodrigo

Northern Division police have been put on high alert after two of the five murders for the new year occurred within their region. The most recent incident took place yesterday morning when 30-year-old Dorothy Rodrigo was shot dead after gunmen stormed her home in Carapo.

Rodrigo’s murder came hours after 71-year-old Maloney resident Vernon Carter was shot while watching fireworks at his home shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Police are working on the theory that Carter was hit by a stray bullet fired by an over-zealous reveller, who opted to use his gun instead of fireworks to celebrate the start of the year. 

Contacted yesterday, head of the division, Senior Supt David Abraham, described both murders as unfortunate, since, he said, his officers were on patrol in various parts of both communities when the shootings took place. “We had patrols in both areas at the time. We were on high alert but we can’t be everywhere at once,” Abraham said. 

Despite his concern over the spate of murders, Abraham hailed his division’s efforts last year, as he pointed to statistics which showed a 24 per cent decrease in murders from 2013 and the seizure of 141 illegals guns—the highest figure for all nine policing divisions. “One murder is too much. We have already held strategy meetings with Deputy Police Commissioner Glenn Hackett and rest assured we will get this situation under control,” Abraham said.  

Police said that Rodrigo, of Jokhan Trace Extension, Carapo, Arima, had just returned home from a New Year’s party and was about to have a shower, when the murder took place. Homicide detectives said Rodrigo’s neighbours contacted police around 3.15 am when they heard a volley of gunshots coming from her house. When police arrived minutes later, they found the front door ajar and Rodrigo lying in the bathroom with several gunshot wounds to her upper body. 

Rodrigo, who was still in the black and white outfit she wore to the party, was pronounced dead at the scene by a District Medical Officer. Speaking with reporters before Rodrigo’s autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, yesterday morning, her brother Sheldon and aunt Hazel Ameen could not think of a reason for her killing. Both relatives described Rodrigo as friendly, loyal and loving. “She was working to try to build her life up. I don’t know why anybody would want to hurt her,” Ameen said. 

Investigators had not established a motive for the murder, up to late yesterday, and were attempting to determine if Rodrigo’s attackers had followed her home from the party in Peytonville, Arima, or if they awaited her return home. Police believe the incident may have stemmed from a dispute between one of Rodrigo’s relatives and members of a criminal gang which operates in her community.

No one had been arrested in connection with either murder up to late yesterday. Cpl of the Region Two Homicide Bureau is probing Rodrigo’s murder.


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