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Murdered Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya was
among a group of her compatriots who played mas
with Legacy on Carnival Tuesday and had been
with the band up to 1 pm that day, but wasn t seen
after that, Legacy bandleader Mike "Big Mike"
Antoine said last night.
Dressed completely in black, Antoine spoke about
Nagakiya s last Carnival to a gathering at PCS Nitrogen
Silver Stars Newtown panyard, where pannists from
Silver Stars, All Stars, four other bands she played
with on occasion, friends and others paid tribute to
her.Members said the Rosary and sang hymns before
testimonials about the young musician.
Antoine opened his contribution by saying the last
time she was seen was in one of his costumes, so
it was fitting for him to speak. He said Nagakiya was
one of 12 Japanese visitors who played in his band.
"I would always look after the group," he said
Antoine said on Carnival Tuesday he was still
looking out for the group and when they left the
Queen s Park Savannah and went to Adam Smith
Square, Nagakiya was still with the band up to 1 pm.
But he said when Legacy went downtown "I didn t
He said after assisting police with trying to identify
the body all day, he finally got confirmation it was
Nagakiya late Monday.
He said the Japanese group were "the sweetest
"They give everybody ah wine and a kiss and jump
up ... Today is a sad day for T&T and for Carnival,"
A female bandmate of Nagakiya, Nikita, broke into
tears when she related moving text messages that
Nagakiya had sent to her asking to be her friend and
for her to stay in touch since she wanted to learn
"She was a gem, a true gem," she said.
Band arranger Marcus Ash, another Silver Stars
colleague, said: "She was more Trini than the average
Trini. She knew all about chaddon beni and our cul-
ture. I took the group to the beach and gave them
a sip of puncheon rum and Asami screamed and ran
into the water. She played with many bands and it
was never for a price. She was very well known in
the pan fraternity and she did it all out of love."
Ash, colleague Junior "Peppy" Goolcharan and
other Silver Stars colleagues also slammed comments
made in relation to Nagakiya s death by Port-of-
Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, saying they were
"out of place", "disrespectful", "very disgusting" and
"completely inappropriate". They added that she
never engaged in vulgar behaviour, didn t even know
how to wine and dressed modestly, but knew her
way around the city. (See Page A5)
JENSEN LA VENDE and
A man and woman were up to last
night being questioned for the murder
of Japanese pan player Asami Nagakiya.
However, police were careful not to label
the duo as suspects as they both went
in voluntarily to offer information.
The two were being interrogated after
an autopsy revealed Nagakiya, 30, was
manually strangled to death before she
was thrown into some bushes under a
tree around the Queen s Park Savannah
between Carnival Tuesday and Ash
Wednesday, when she was discovered.
Police last night said they were also
being "assisted generously" by citizens
seeking to help piece together the hours
before, during and after Nagakiya s killing.
Nagakiya was a trained musician by
profession and arrived in Trinidad on Jan-
uary 8 to participate in Carnival related
events. She was from Sapporo in the
northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Nagakiya s autopsy was carried out by
pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James. How-
ever, Alexandrov referred all questions
from the Guardian to the Japanese
The pathologist said he could not con-
firm or deny whether Nagakiya was sex-
ually assaulted as had been suggested in
some reports, saying it was "beyond his
However, the T&T Guardian under-
stands swabs would have to be taken and
analysed to determine whether there was
At the centre earlier yesterday, two
Japanese men said to be representatives
of the embassy did not speak with the
media after viewing the body and quickly
left the compound in a black Toyota
Pajero, escorted by police in a white Nissan
Contacted later yesterday, a spokesman
for the Japanese Embassy said they did
not wish to comment on Nagakiya s case
as the police investigation was at a sen-
"We are checking the status of the inci-
dent with the local police authority. We
cannot say anything definitive at this
moment," he said.
The spokesman refused to reveal if the
embassy had contacted Nagakiya s family
in Japan and if the embassy was involved
in organising her funeral arrangements.
However, the T&T Guardian was told her
body will be flown back to Japan as soon
as arrangements are made.
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Two quizzed on
to 'Trini at heart'
Cops search abandoned building for clues
Meanwhile, Crime Scene Investigators
investigating Nagakiya's murder visited a
house at 40 Woodford Street, Newtown,
yesterday searching for clues in the case.
Shortly after 4 pm, three police vehicles
arrived outside the property, which has been
abandoned for a couple years, since
Nagakiya had reportedly been seen there.
The officers were at the property for
several hours and captured photographs and
other sensitive material which are most
likely to be submitted as added evidence in
An investigating officer at the scene told
the T&T Guardian that the house is known
to be frequented by questionable characters.
Another officer said they had information
that Nagakiya also went there, hence the
reason a team of CSI officers were
despatched to process thoroughly the
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, a nearby resident said the
building was once occupied by the Rape
"The organisation moved out about two
to three years and since then it has been left
abandoned," the female resident said.
Another resident, a male, said he saw
Nagakiya in the area a few times during the
season and added only once he had seen her
enter the compound and exit alone.
According to reports, Geoff Adams, of
Tamana, was walking through the Queen's
Park Savannah when he noticed a homeless
man screaming while pointing to a patch of
It turned out he was pointing to
Nagakiya's body, which was found metres
away from the Queen's Royal College and
the Maraval Road roundabout, as crews
from the Community-based Environmental
Protection and Enhancement Programme
(CEPEP) were busy cleaning up rubbish left
over from Carnival celebrations.
The area was cordoned off by police for
several hours as CSIs combed through
heaps of discarded food and beverage
containers, which surrounded Nagakiya's
body, for evidence.
for 11TH FEBRUARY, 2016
A Crime Scene Investigator leaves an abandoned house at 40 Woodford Street, Newtown,
yesterday. The house was searched after police received information that Japanese national
Asami Nagakiya was seen entering and exiting the premises hours before she was
discovered dead at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Ash Wednesday morning.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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