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December 14, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Today, reigning Miss World Megan Young
of the Philippines will crown her successor
in London before millions of viewers.
T&T s representative for the 2014 Miss
World beauty pageant Sarah Jane Waddell,
25, will compete against 121 beautiful del-
egates for the prestigious crown.
Waddell is a former student of political
science and Mandarin Chinese.
An accounts executive and copy writer,
Waddell s chances are extremely high in the
During her time in London, Waddell has
been on the radar as a possible contender---
first as a finalist in the sports challenge,
then with a compelling speech at Miss Hon-
duras memorial service, at the Oxford debate
and as a finalist for Beauty with a Purpose.
The public can view a live broadcast of
the pageant on CNC3 from 10 am today.
Guardian Media Ltd wishes Waddell good
SHALIZA HASSANALI/RENUKA SINGH
Three people were executed in the
peaceful Valencia district on Friday night.
The victims were each shot multiple times
in the head.
While residents are claiming that the
killings of Keron Ruiz, 29, Eric "Rumple"
Ruiz, 33, and Tenika Bartholomew, 23, were
as a result of a robbery gone awry, police
said the executions stemmed from the sale
of state lands that might have gone sour.
Police said cousins Keron and Eric were
found in the living room of their Ma Jack
Hill, home covered in blood after gunmen
opened fire on them around 9.30 pm.
Bartholomew, the girlfriend of Eric, was
shot on the eastern side of the house.
Eastern Division police, led by Senior
Superintendent Sasenarine Mahabir and
including ASP Khanai, Sgt Lopez, WPC
Lopez, as well as Crime Scene Investigators
and Homicide Division officers, were on
the scene intermittently after 3 am to carry
Police officers said that soon after they
arrived on the scene around 10 pm, there
was the sound of gunshots, but they could
not investigate because the area had no
street lights and was heavily forested.
The officers were on the scene yesterday
morning with dogs, but turned up empty
Family members said Eric was robbed
earlier this year. Police, however, said they
were also investigating reports that he sold
plots of state lands to the public for people
to squat. Officers said it was possible that
he made a transaction earlier this week
that went sour.
Police have since stepped up their vis-
ibility in the Valencia area to ensure there
is no reprisal.
Eric s sister Teri Antoine said
Bartholomew, who tried to escape from
the gunfire, ran out of the house but fell.
"The gunmen came over her and sprayed
her head with bullets. Look pieces of her
brain still on the ground," a tearful Antoine
"They did the same thing to Eric and
Keron. Whoever do this we have to get
justice. Just so, just so, three lives gone.
If you go inside you would see cucumbers
and ochroes that Eric reaped yesterday.
He had planned to take it to the market
to sell this morning."
Antoine said a few months ago her
brother was robbed of his vehicle, a mist
blower and $5,000 in cash.
"Eric vowed that if bandits ever attacked
him again he would go down fighting. It
look like they come to rob him again and
he put up a fight and they kill all of them.
I think the killings was a robbery gone
sour," Antoine said.
"I can t see any other reason. They were
not involved in drugs, guns or illegal activ-
As she busily cleaned the splattered
blood on the living-room wall, Antoine
could not say if anything had been stolen
from the house.
Yesterday, family members described
the victims as decent, loving and easygo-
Gillian Primus said Bartholomew, a
YTEPP student, was her only child.
Primus said she received the tragic news
from a friend via the phone.
"I thought it was a hoax. It was only
when I saw the police s flashing blue lights
and saw the police officer shake his head
after viewing her body, I realised that my
daughter was gone."
Primus said her daughter had no ene-
mies, nor was any threat issued to her.
"I don t know how I am going to cel-
ebrate this Christmas."
Vera Ruiz, 53, swore her son Eric worked
day and night as a farmer to earn an honest
"We in the dark. We don t know who
kill them or why they would want to do
that. I don t know if it s envy or what?"
an emotional Ruiz said.
"You could ask anybody around here,
them boys were good fellas."
Tears flowed from the eyes of Keron s
girlfriend Brenell Phillip who cuddled their
daughter Shermell, who turns one on
"I was in a house opposite when I heard
the gunshots. I thought it was firecrackers
bursting. But I was wrong."
Good luck to
Miss T&T World
Police link Valencia
executions to the
sale of state lands
lane of the
the air on
Sarah Jane Waddell
EASY DOES IT
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