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Prominent Trinidad attorney, former legislator killed

Published:Sunday | May 4, 2014 | 10:01 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 4, CMC – Gunmen shot and killed prominent senior counsel attorney and former independent legislator Dana Seetahal early Sunday morning, police have confirmed.

"It's shocking. Crime is a concern especially violent crime. It's a shocking incident, one you least expect.

I had a conversation with her at around 12.45 pm on Saturday and everything was fine.We need to work as a country together," acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams told one newspaper.

Seetahal, a former lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School here, was shot and killed after the gunmen who in two vehicles blocked her Volkswagen Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in Wooodbrook, just on the outskirts of the capital.

Media reports said one of the vehicles blocked the road while another with the gunmen inside pulled alongside with the occupants firing upon her vehicle.

Seetahal, who was in her late 50’s and a newspaper columnist, was found dead slumped in the driver’s seat.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said that “the legal profession has lost a giant. She had a piercing intellect, a very pragmatic approach to her work and a wonderful sense of humor,” he said, adding that “her murder is tragic, horrible and heart-rending. May her soul rest in peace”.

Police are working on the theories that the killings were either a “hit” or that she had been killed after spending the night at a local casino.


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