Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 13th 2016 Contents A10
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, February 13, 2016
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thursday night s sombre atmos-
phere at PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars
panyard, where attendees mourned
murdered colleague Asami Nagakiya,
changed after 10 pm when Port-of-
Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee
entered the compound.
Lighted candles marked the entrance
to the Tragarete Road panyard where
Nagakiya s friends and colleagues gath-
ered to pray for her, pay tribute to her
and agonise over the way the petite
Japanese pan player lost her life in the
country which they said she had loved.
Nagakiya s body, clad in her yellow
and teal Legacy Carnival costume, was
found beneath a tree on the western
end of Queen s Park Savannah, near
Queen s Royal College, mid-morning
on Ash Wednesday. An autopsy stated
she was strangled.
Nagakiya had played pan with a
handful of bands since she started com-
ing to T&T in recent years including
Harvard Harps, Phase II and other
bands and was well known in the pan
fraternity, Silver Stars colleagues said.
The gathering prayed, sang Amazing
Grace and other hymns and tributes
to Nagakiya flowed from Silver Stars
and Phase II bandmates, Mike Antoine
of Legacy with whose band she had
played, and other friends.
Standing behind a table which bore
bouquets of flowers, candles and a pic-
ture of Nagakiya, Silver Stars band
members played several sombre sets in
her memory. One pan player, who nor-
mally played tenor alongside Nagakiya,
was dressed---like most people there---
in black, extremely solemn of face.
Sitting quietly in the front row were
three of Nagakiya s Japanese compa-
triots who work in the music field also.
One of the young women, Mari, cried
as speakers shared their memories of
her. They later shared their own mem-
ories with reporters. They said while
Nagakiya had played in Legacy, they
had been in Yuma and saw her on Car-
nival Tuesday, "downtown...in KFC."
Despite the tragedy, they said, they
would still return to T&T.
Among the gathering were PCS
Nitrogen CEO Ian Welch and PCS
human resource staffers, Nagakiya s
colleagues from other bands with which
she had played over the years---Leah
Gormandy, All Stars members and oth-
ers from Phase II---and colleagues from
Arriving later in the night was a crew
from Fuji media. Producer Nina Coomes
said she had read the story of
Nagakiya s murder in the Guardian and
the crew decided to come to T&T to
cover the story since it had been widely
reported in Japanese news.
Silver Stars arranger Marcus Ash,
fielding calls from California media that
night, was among those who had tried
to reach Nagakiya on Ash Wednesday.
He said she was supposed to have been
part of a band lime down-the-islands
after Carnival, "but we kept calling her
iPhone and there was no answer."
Ash recalled how Nagakiya tended
to his knee which he had injured. "She
would cover it with her hand and kiss
it and tell me, it would get better and
it did in time for Panorama. She was
such a sweet soul, she sent me a CD
with five tunes she composed and asked
me to give her an opinion on it."
Panyard member Junior "Peppy"
Goolcharan, who said he often ensured
she got home after practice, recalled
the hugs and squeals of delight with
which she often greeted him.
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Japanese embassy communications
spokesman Shoichi Ueda told T&T
Guardian that the Embassy which
broke the news of Nagakiya's death
to her family in Japan on Thursday,
is co-ordinating arrangements with
them regarding Nagakiya.
He said the embassy has not yet
had word on if the family is coming
to T&T to take possession of her
On whether the Embassy has been
in touch with the T&T Government,
Ueda said the embassy is in close
contact with police authorities on
the matter and is awaiting word
Ueda said he had been contacted by
many foreign media houses
including from Japan on the matter.
Ueda said he was uncertain of
Nagakiya's religion. One Silver Stars
bandmate said Asami may have
National Security Minister Edmund
Dillon said he had contacted the
Japanese Embassy to offer his
condolences and "let them know the
police are doing all they can to
investigate the matter thoroughly to
bring any perpetrator to justice as
quickly as possible."
EMBASSY WORKING WITH POLICE
Glenda Carrington lights a candle for murdered Japanese pan player Asami Nagakiya during a memorial
service at PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars panyard, Tragarete Road, on Thursday night. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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