Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 2nd 2015 Contents the right side of her head, twice
in the right forearm and once in
the chest. Her killer(s) were said
to be standing so close to her that
gun-powder residue was retrieved
from her clothing.
At the time, the Prime Minister
offered a reward of $2.5 million
dollars for information leading to
the arrest and successful prose-
cution of those responsible, while
Crime Stoppers offered a $1 million
These monies remain unclaimed
to this day.
Unwilling to have their names
or pictures published, residents
and business owners near the
Woodbrook Youth Facility---the
area where Seetahal was killed---
endorsed the call by Seetahal's
family for justice to be delivered
in this matter.
One angry resident said, "I am
amazed that nothing has happened
yet in this matter. You keep hearing
the police are dealing with it, they
have some information, some idea
as to the perpetrators and that an
arrest is to be carried out in the
near future, but it's still dead."
Scoffing at what she referred
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As rapid gunshots rang out on that
fateful night when Senior Counsel
Dana Seetahal was assassinated in a
well-orchestrated and well-executed
killing, residents living along Hamil-
ton Holder Street, Woodbrook, never
imagined who was slain.
Instead, they sought the cover of
darkness and waited for the police to
arrive on the scene---which they did in
less than five minutes after the brutal
Emerging to see Seetahal slumped
behind the wheel and the lights flash-
ing, one resident recalled, "Three con-
secutive shots rang out, followed by a
pause and then the next set rang out.
I hear them saying seven rounds went
off, but from what I heard, it was much
more than that."
Another resident concurred, "A high-
powered rifle was used, there was rapid
gunfire, at least 15 shots were fired."
Crime scene investigators recovered
approximately 15 spent 5.56 calibre
shells at the scene, which officials con-
firmed are used in a high-powered
weapon, the AR-15 assault rifle.
A post-mortem report revealed that
Seetahal died after being shot at close
range, and not from a high-powered
rifle as was initially thought.
Police officials said Seetahal was shot
five times by her assailants---twice in
er Independent Senator, Senior Counsel
Saroop Seetahal, was assassinated at
Two months shy of her 59th birthday,
Seetahal was shot dead near the
Woodbrook Youth Facility, as she drove
along Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook,
on the way to her One Woodbrook Place
To date her killers remain free.
This is the second publication in a four-part
es, in which senior reporter ANNA-LISA
talks to the family about their quest to find
and presents the reflections of some of
Seetahal's close friends and former colleagues.
KILLING OF DANA SEETAHAL
Woodbrook residents angry over no arrests
Flashback: June 14, 2014, Dana Seetahal's sister, Susan Francois, stands in company with family members
and friends during Dana's 40-day service at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church, Tunapuna.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Hesitant to speak on the matter, an elderly man had to be
coaxed to recount his version of that fateful night.
"On the night she was killed, I was watching a late movie and
was just about to turn in when I heard the gunshots in rapid
Glossing over the other bits, the resident continued, "Almost
immediately, three or four police cars pulled up. I found it strange
that they were on the scene so quickly, within minutes they were
Remembering seeing Seetahal's Touareg SUV parked in the
middle of the street, with the engine running and the lights on, he
said, "I didn't know who it was at the time. My personal feeling is
that they were hired killers and somebody big is behind it."
Offering his opinion, the man continued, "I think the person who
ordered this is still around."
He too revealed that his family had altered their lifestyle as they
were more cautious now when going out at night, and had
resorted to keeping their gate and home locked at all times.
Calling for a more visible police presence in the area, residents
agreed that their confidence in the police service had waned even
more after the killing.
"We would like to see them do something to hasten the
outcome of this case as everybody is really concerned. It is just
hanging over everybody's head and we would like them to speed
up the investigation."
Discouraged by the lack of action by the authorities, a dejected
business owner declared, "It is a very bad sign of where this
country has gotten to, when somebody like her can be killed on the
street and still nothing has come of it."
Turning the tables, one woman asked, "If a mural was done at
every spot where a murder is committed in T&T, would there be
RESIDENT: IT WAS HIRED KILLERS
Too many 'police lies'
Among those who joined in
extending condolences at the
time of Seetahal's death was
Guyana's President Donald
Ramotar, who was quoted in an
article by the Caribbean Media
Corporation on May 5, 2014.
It read, "Guyana President,
Donald Ramotar, was alarmed
at the news of the execution-
style killing of the attorney."
Seetahal was well known
among Guyana's legal fraternity
and had also sat on the Linden
Commission of Inquiry in
In 2012, the Guyanese
government retained the
services of Seetahal to the
Commission, to investigate the
circumstances leading up to
and surrounding the unrest in
the mining town of Linden, in
which the shooting deaths of
three protesters and the
damage to state and private
properties were examined.
Jamaican attorney and
former minister of national
security and justice, K.D. Knight,
also expressed shock at
Knight, who also sat on the
Linden Commission of Inquiry in
Guyana, said he had known her
for more than 20 years.
SHOCK RIPPLES ACROSS THE REGION
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