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Still reeling from the murder
of nursing student Sally Roopan
on Monday, the community of
Couva was rocked again yes-
terday as another one of its
women was brutally taken
away---this time a preschool
Police identified the latest vic-
tim as Judy Duke-Guerro, the
33-year-old mother of three, of
Cemetery Street, Perseverance
Police said Duke-Guerro s
body was discovered around 4.30
pm by her 18-year-old brother.
She was found bound at the feet
and hands, she was blindfolded
and her throat was slit.
The victim s mother Lynette
Duke cried unconsolably as the
police conducted their investi-
gations, and was constantly con-
soled by friends and relatives, all
stunned by this latest killing of
a woman they deemed innocent
and very friendly to all who knew
The woman had three chil-
dren, Deneesa, Johnathon and
Joshua, all still in primary school,
with her former husband
Andrew Guerro, 40.
Speaking to the media outside
the house yesterday, as villagers
crowded to the scene for a first-
hand look at crime scene inves-
tigators conducting their inves-
tigations, Guerro said he and his
wife had separated more than a
He said he could not under-
stand why anyone would want
to kill her, but said: "She did not
deserve die in such a horrific
Guerro broke down in tears
when undertakers removed the
body around 7 pm, and had to
be consoled by Lenora Bishop,
50, a close friend of the victim.
Bishop said Couva has now
become the murder capital of
She said she last saw Duke-
Guerro, who taught at a nearby
preschool on Mary Street, on
Tuesday morning when she
arrived at her home to pick up
her children for school.
Bishop, too, said she could not
understand why anyone would
want to kill her friend.
"I don t see any reason why
they killed her. People in Couva
are living in fear, the criminals
are now moving into this area."
Central Homicide detectives
are continuing investigations.
Duke-Guerro s killing came
less than 24 hours after the killing
of Roopan, 25.
Duke-Guerro was also the
third person to be murdered in
central Trinidad in four days.
Wayne Haywoood, 30, was
killed outside a popular Couva
rumshop on Saturday, before
Roopan was killed on Monday.
The murder was also the sev-
enth in four days, taking the toll
for the year to 54 up to last
evening. The comparative toll
for the last year was 41.
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Three shots to the head, execution-style, was
how a gunman ended the life of Couva mother
of one Stacy Roopan, who was gunned down out-
side her son s preschool on Monday afternoon.
An autopsy yesterday confirmed that Roopan,
25, a nursing student at the College of Science,
Technology and Applied Arts of T&T (Costaatt),
was shot seven times, three at close range.
Roopan, who lived at De Montbrun Street, Bal-
main, was at the corner of Isaiah Street and Rowano
Drive, on her way to meet her three-year-old son
Christiano Harickdeo, when a gunman in a white
car opened fire on her.
Forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov
explained that Roopan most likely saw her killer
and turned around to run, as the bullet wounds
were in her back.
"As soon as she saw the firearm pointed at her,
she turned around and started to run away. The
first bullet entered the back and this bullet perforated
the left lung, heart and liver, because the direction
was back to front," Alexandrov said yesterday.
"At the same time she got a couple of wounds
to her hands, because she was running and one
perforated her thigh. Because she was losing blood,
she went into haemorrhagic shock and collapsed.
"She was then approached by the assailant and
she sustained three near-contact gunshot wounds
to the head. This is what we call homicide exe-
Although two bullets were recovered during the
autopsy, he said they were so deformed it was dif-
ficult to tell what kind of ammunition was used.
Crime scene detectives said they recovered several
9 mm shell casings at the scene.
Roopan s killing came less than two months after
an intruder broke into her car, stealing several per-
sonal documents, and left her a death threat. In
a handwritten note, the intruder warned Roopan
that she would be killed if she testified in an ongoing
court matter which relatives have linked to a wrong-
ful arrest case she was involved in.
But police yesterday said they have no report of
Roopan s death threat, while her father, Lutchman
Roopan, told the Guardian yesterday he was unsure
whether she had made a report.
"She always told me that she would handle it,
so I don t know if she reported it to police," Lutch-
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Another Couva woman murdered...
for 04th FEBRUARY, 2014
Autopsy: Mom shot
3 times in head
Teacher found bound,
gagged with throat slit
Lynette Duke, the mother of
T&T's latest murder victim,
Judy Duke-Guerro, is consoled
by a friend at the scene of the
crime in Perseverance Village,
Couva, last night. At right,
Andrew Guerro, Duke-Guerro's
ex-husband, and her best
friend Lenora Bishop. PHOTO:
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