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The worst fears of Rosemarie Black-
burn s two adult children were realised
yesterday when they heard a single gun-
shot in their home and within seconds
discovered their mother dead lying on the
bathroom floor of their Trincity home.
As they attempted to get help from nearby
neighbours they saw their father running
out of the house, getting into his vehicle and
Minutes after police officers from the
Northern Division Task Force (NDTF) received
information that the black Tucson SUV PBZ
6505 was spotted in a parked position at
Osprey Drive, Millennium Park, Trincity.
As the officers approached the vehicle
with guns at the ready, a gunshot rang off.
Businessman Edrick Blackburn, 55, had shot
himself in the head while in the driver s seat.
Investigating officers told the T&T
Guardian that around 9.45 am Blackburn
got into an argument at his home at 3rd
Street West, Beaulieu Avenue, Trincity with
his wife, Rosemarie, known as Rosie. It was
during the heated argument that Blackburn
took his licensed firearm and shot 55-year-
old Rosemarie twice in the chest. She col-
lapsed and died in the bathroom of the flat
Blackburn, who was a foreign used car
dealer reportedly shot himself shortly
The couple s adult children, a man and a
woman, are said to be very traumatised.
They both sat in a white Nissan Tiida for
hours outside the family s house as Crime
Scene Investigators processed the scene.
Rosemarie s body was removed at 4.10
pm. However, investigators remained on the
scene up to late yesterday carrying out further
The investigations were headed by Supt
Stevenson Mark and Division Insp Nowbutt.
The T&T Guardian was told that both
Blackburn and his wife often accused each
other of being unfaithful in their marriage.
Even earlier this week a big argument broke
out between the two, according to police
A close friend of the family, who wished
not to be identified, described Rosemarie as
a very pleasant, polite and courteous woman.
"She was well loved by all who knew her.
She and her son were also so very close. I
don t even know how her son will survive
with all this. It s too much for them," the
close friend said.
A neighbour, who also wished not to be
identified said they saw no sign that the
couple might be experiencing domestic prob-
"In public they always seemed so happy
but you really doesn t know what people go
through behind closed doors. We never had
the slightest idea that something was dras-
tically wrong with them," the neighbour said.
An investigating officer, in speaking with
the T&T Guardian, after Rosemarie s body
was removed, took the opportunity to urge
victims of domestic abuse and violence to
report all incidents to the police.
The officer also advised that in cases where
a husband or wife owns a licensed firearms,
a spouse being subjected to domestic abuse
should immediately seek to inform the Police
Commissioner in writing that they are victims
and that they feel threatened. He said this
is especially important, in cases where the
firearm is legally licensed.
Investigations are continuing.
Monday, August 29, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Northern Division police officers at Osprey Drive,
Millennium Park Trincity where businessman
Edrick Blackburn, shot himself in his SUV
minutes after killing his wife, Rosemarie, at their
3rd Street West, Beaulieu Avenue, Trincity home,
yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A family friend consoles a close relative
of Rosemarie Blackburn.
Enterprise Imam Morland Muakyil
Abdullah yesterday slammed Friday s
walkabout by the Minister of National
Security, Edmund Dillon saying that he
strongly believes that it was political
and not a genuine attempt to assist the
community and bring relief with regards
to crime and criminal activities.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Abdullah also knocked the way in which the
walkabout was "poorly organised."
"Imagine very early Friday morning while
I was in my bathroom bathing I received a
message that Dillon and his team was going
to have a walkabout. I took no note of it
because to me it sounded like something last
minute. No previous announcements were
made and no formal invitations and flyers
distributed," Abdullah said.
Abdullah in many times before called for
closed door meetings with the Minister of
National Security and to date none has been
"I think if real care is given priority would
be given by Minister Dillon to meet with the
Imams in the area to sit and have a deep
session so that the ills can really be trashed
out and something done to help the area and
bring relief to residents," the Imam said.
He also said that he was giving the new
head of the Central Division, Sr Supt Floris
Hodge-Griffith to settle into office before he
attempts to seek an audience with her.
Another religious leader in the area, who
wished not to be identified called Friday s
walkabout a "pappyshow."
"I do not know who these politicians and
senior law enforcement officers are trying
to fool. A walkabout now and then would
clearly do no good for the area. They have
to meet with us, the leaders, who know the
people of the area and sit and discuss private
and confidentially what is happening and
why it is happening. Walkabouts do nothing
and will not ever do anything," the religious
A senior resident in the community, iden-
tified only as Errol, said he would appreciate
if the police could set up a mobile police unit
in the area so that they can be very visible
in the community.
Errol also called for continuous joint army
and police patrols in the area.
Friday s walkabout came one day after
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley called on
the police to do more to improve the detection
rate. National Security Minister Edmund Dil-
lon read the riot act to divisional heads,
calling on them to take charge of their "real
Speaking with the media at Railway Road
before he began his walkabout, Dillon said
the aim of the walkabout was to empower
the divisional commanders, beginning with
the Central Division, to take charge of their
He said each divisional commander must
have an idea of what is going on in their
division and if each commander took charge
of their division, then the crime throughout
T&T would decrease.
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