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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 21, 2013
A Trinidadian woman who migrated
to New York to escape an abusive rela-
tionship was shot dead by her
estranged lover in the West Indian
community in Brooklyn.
Sellis Gonzales, 44, the mother of
two, was killed instantly. The killer sent
her daughters on an errand to a nearby
eatery before he committed the act.
In a telephone interview yesterday
from Brooklyn, Kirt Gonzales, the
brother of the dead woman, said for
women to stay in an abusive relation-
ship on the premise that the man will
change only results in more pain and
even worse, death.
He said his sister was shot six times
around 8.45 pm on Wednesday.
A report from the New York Daily
Mail said Sellis daughters Khadija, 15,
and Alyssa, five, were given $8 by the
killer to get food at a nearby chicken
When they got back some 15 minutes
later, they found their mother motion-
less on the floor.
She had been shot three times in
the head and midsection, police sources
told the newspaper.
The Daily Mail said police identified
Sallis ex-boyfriend as Eric McCormick,
40, who remained at large yesterday.
Sellis moved to Brownsville, Brooklyn,
when she was 31, as a result of trying
"My sister s second baby s father
used to also abuse her and when I found
out I immediately told her to pack her
bags and I sent a ticket for her. I wanted
her out of that situation. I wanted her
to have a better life and to get away
from the abuse," Gonzales said.
A 55-year-old man is dead and his
19-year-old girlfriend in a critical
condition in hospital after a failed
murder/suicide attempt in Caroni
on Thursday night.
According to reports, shortly after
7 pm, Lystra Bridglal, of Farm Road,
Kelly Village, was returning home
from a nearby parlour when her 55-
year-old male companion, Morris
Toppin, confronted her.
Police said that Toppin stabbed
Bridglal once in the right side of her
chest with a knife before drinking a
portion of weedicide.
Neighbours noticed the couple lying
at the side of the road and contacted
The couple was taken to the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
in Mt Hope where Toppin was pro-
nounced dead on arrival. Bridglal was
warded in a critical but stable con-
dition, investigators said.
PC Poonwasie of the Central Divi-
sion is continuing investigations.
Northern Division police yesterday
recovered two high-powered assault
rifles and a cache of ammunition dur-
ing an exercise in Carapo, Arima.
Investigators said shortly after 7
am, police led by Insp Wayne Baptiste
were on patrol near Spring Road, Cara-
po, when they arrested the 28-year-
old suspect and found the gun hidden
in the bush. Police described the
weapons as an American-made AR-
15 and an AK-47 assault rifle, which
is manufactured in Russia. The officers
also recovered 65 rounds of assorted
The suspect is believed to be a
member of a criminal gang in the com-
munity. He is expected to be charged
with illegal firearm and ammunition
possession and will appear in the Arima
Magistrates Court on Monday morn-
Police said the high-powered rifles
will be taken to the Forensic Science
Centre in St James for ballistic testing
to determine if they were used in recent
shootings or murders in east Trinidad.
Meanwhile, a 63-year-old Nigerian
doctor and his 28-year-old son remain
in police custody after a quantity of
high-grade marijuana and ammunition
were recovered at their D Abadie home
on Thursday night.
Around 9.15 pm on Thursday night,
police searched the family s Bregon
Park, D Abadie, home, and found three
kilos of marijuana and 17 rounds of
.44 ammunition hidden in a bedroom.
The father and son are expected to
appear before an Arima magistrate on
Both exercises were co-ordinated
by Senior Supt David Abraham and
included Sgts Pitt and Parks.
He never thought his sister
would again end up in another
Relatives, he said, tried "many
times" to coax Sallis to end the
relationship with the suspect but
she did not take heed.
"I guess it was just a matter of
dating the wrong guy. My mom
and I spoke to my sister many,
many times," Gonzales said.
"She wanted to let go but she
couldn t. I think it s really a matter
of women having respect for
themselves and to demand that
respect from the person they are
Despite the abuse he never
thought his sister would be killed.
"I mean she was shot six times.
I thought it would be a black-and-
blue eye but I never thought she
would be killed. I was not expect-
ing death," he added.
He said he intended to apply for
legal custody of his nieces.
Urging women to immediately
"walk away" when they spot the
first sign of abuse, Gonzales said
the message must be spread that
women must not be subjected to
any type of abuse, whether phys-
ical, mental or emotional.
Trini woman shot dead in New York
Man dead, woman critical
in murder/suicide bid
New York murder victim Sellis
Ursula Gonzales comforts granddaughters Khadija, right, and Alyssa,
after the girls found mom Sellis murdered in their apartment.
Cops recover guns,
ammo in East raid
Illegal guns, ammunition and marijuana seized during operations in D'abadie and Carapo, at the Arouca Police
Station yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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