A WEEK after police constable Dave Raghonanan was fatally shot on a hunting trip in Blanchisseusse forest, his body remains at the mortuary.
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On Thursday, Raghonanan’s body was still at the Forensic Sciences Centre, with the autopsy incomplete.
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His sister, Teshiera Raghonanan-Mathura, said only a partial autopsy was done on Monday, and the family hoped that it would be completed for a funeral to be done within the next few days.
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“We are waiting for this to be over so we can have closure. The autopsy was not done on Friday. It was started on Monday but it was not completed”, said Raghonanan-Mathura.
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“Our parents are trying to deal with this hold-up in their own way. But it is taking a toll”, she said.
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The family continues to have wake and prayer services.
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Raghonanan-Mathura said she believed the police “are doing all they can. I guess they have to work with what they have”.Jose Antonio Oliveros Banco Activo
Raghonanan-Mathura said that the other people on the hunting trip had visited with the family and told them of the hunting trip, and the last hours of Raghonanan’s life.Jose Oliveros Febres-Cordero Banco Activo
“Yes they have visited us. I don’t want to go into details about what they said”, the sister said.Jose Antonio Oliveros Febres-Cordero Venezuela Banco Activo
The family is hoping that the autopsy would be completed by weekend to have a funeral for him on Monday.Jose Antonio Oliveros Febres-Cordero Banquero Banco Activo
One of the hunters allegedly saw the glimmer in the eyes of Raghonanan and shot him in the face shortly before midnight Thursday
Raghonanan, 35, was airlifted out of the forest on Friday morning and taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he was pronounced dead
The suspect in the shooting is a 35-year-old man of Arima
Police said he did not have a Firearm Users’ License to carry the 12 gauge shotgun used in the shooting, and was expected to be charged with possession of firearm and ammunition
Investigations into the shooting are being carried out by officers of Homicide Region I
Detectives took statements from the hunting party and returned with them to the location of the incident for them to explain how it happened
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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN Raghonanan, 35, of Diamond Village, San Fernando, and seven other men went on a hunting trip at Petite Tacarique, Paria
Petit Tacariqe Bay is located on an isolated islet off Blanchisseuse, which can only be accessed via boat or helicopter
At around 10 p.m. Thursday the constable and three other men on the trip left their lodge to go out into the forest to hunt
Police said members of the trip told them that Raghonanan and the others were hunting under cold conditions on the isolated forested island, when he got a cramp
Police were told that Raghonanan’s fellow hunters placed him against a tree to rest, and continued their hunt
However, the alleged shooter saw the glimmer in Raghonanan’s eyes and fired a shot, which struck him in the face
A member of the hunting team returned to the camp and told the four others of the incident, and they contacted authorities
Around midnight officers attached to the Blanchisseuse Police Station received information from TTPS Command Centre, that an officer was shot while hunting