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want swift action on this. She's too
important of a person we have lost that
this crime is still unsolved.
"What she stood for and what she
brought to the legal profession, she
deserves better and deserves to have
her matter swiftly dealt with, and that
is not being done," he added.
Asked if the killing might serve to
deter other attorneys from entering the
profession, West replied, "I don't think
it will deter people. Unfortunately,
Trinidadians have a short memory so
in a year or two, unless her killers are
brought to justice, people won't be
deterred by this."
Addressing the recent situation at
the PCA, West admitted, "Even when
I was going through my issues with
my position here, she would have been
somebody I would have wanted to dis-
cuss the matter with and ask her what
I should I do, if I should do it and when,
she was the person I would go to."
Attorney Larry Lalla recalled being
encouraged by his mother to look up
to Seetahal as an ideal in the legal pro-
fession when he began law school in
In 1994, Lalla copped the prestigious
Dana Seetahal prize for achieving
straight As in Criminal Practice and
Procedure at the Hugh Wooding Law
Considering himself lucky for having
spent two years with Seetahal in cham-
bers, while the two were part of Israel
Khan SC's chambers, Lalla described
Seetahal's generous nature and caring
heart as she always insisted on cele-
brating the birthdays of everyone from
cleaner to handyman.
He recalled her counselling him dur-
ing his brief stint on the High Court
bench in 2006.
"She always advised me to listen to
all attorneys, no matter my views as
to their competence and to be patient,
as everyone always had something to
say and to listen to."
Attesting to her morals and work
ethic, Lalla agreed that fairness was
always part of who she was and noted
she was always mentoring younger
"It was unfortunate that someone
who had such a passion for people,
such caring for people and a such a
fear of loneliness could die in such a
tragic way when she would have been
stalked by strangers and shot while
alone in her vehicle. That is tragic," he
"If Dana could be killed like that,
then any attorney could be shot and
killed like that."
Her death, he said, represented a
low point in our country's history, but
also put people in the profession on
edge and forced them to pa more atten-
tion to their personal safety.
On the issue of the ongoing inves-
tigation, he said, "That is the scary
thing, that after such a long period of
time has passed, that there is not even
a credible rumour as to why she was
"Everything we have heard so far is
pure speculation and that is very very
scary, that a senior lawyer could be
assassinated in the dead of night and
after such a long period of time we are
totally in the dark as to the motive
behind the killing."
However, he called on the public not
to discount the police just yet.
"I still want to think the police have
something they are working on. I would
hate to think they would mislead the
public in the assurances they have given
and I would want to think that yes,'
something is going to happen sooner
rather than later."
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Attorney Imran Ali, who
completed his in-service training at
Seetahal's chambers, said he still
"I still feel a tremendous sense
of loss and I am still coming to
terms with the fact that she is
Apart from being versed on
many subjects, Ali said Seetahal
was always one for a good laugh.
He said he still gets emotional
every time he passes her chamber,
which remains closed.
Attorney Westmin James
epitomised Seetahal with the
phrase "Mother in law," as he
explained that she was always
encouraging him and advising on
various issues. Claiming that "her
memory was larger than she was,"
James said her legal acumen was
without doubt. In fact, he said he
had been encouraging Seetahal to
apply to the Caribbean Court of
Justice because there was an
upcoming vacancy just before she
"She was going to think about
it," James said.
He too chimed in on the police
"I don't know exactly what is
being done and I think that's the
problem. I don't know what the
family has been told or has been
communicated to them, but we all
wish that this murder is solved
quickly and the relevant persons
are brought to justice and the due
process of law is done."
James said this would "help to
bring closure not only to the family,
but to the public as well."
Flashback June 4, 2014: Relatives of
murdered attorney Dana Seetahal
place candles and flowers outside the
Woodbrook Youth Facility,
Woodbrook, on the one month
anniversary of her being killed.
A teacher, mentor to many
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