The grief-stricken family and friends of the late Carrisa Chandler have been plunged into a state of shock and since the news of her death which the police are treating as a homicide.
It is believed that Chandler was shot by her boyfriend, 44-year-old Tedson Knowles, who was in police custody up to last night.
According to a report from STRATCOM, the incident took place at around 4 am yesterday in New Winthorpes at the Barthley’s Apartment where both the victim and her boyfriend resided.
Police said the horrific incident allegedly resulted from a domestic dispute and they have since recovered the firearm allegedly used to commit the act.
The 30-year-old woman was pronounced dead by a medical doctor at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre shortly after she was allegedly shot, the police said.
Chandler was allegedly driven to the hospital by her boyfriend who reportedly told officials she had been shot by someone attempted to rob them. But soon after that the police found evidence, including the firearm – which suggested otherwise.
When OBSERVER media tried to reach out the family yesterday the victim’s father, Baldwin “Spliff” Anthony, a regular caller to OBSERVER Radio’s flagship program Voice of the People programme, was so distraught that his words could not be deciphered.
His niece had to finish the conversation for him, and she explained to us that the family had been trying to keep him away from the phone because they were very worried about the effect this incident might be having on his health.
The deceased was the first daughter of Anthony — who is the deputy director of the State Insurance Board of Directors — and Cathy Chandler. According to the police, the young woman is is Antigua and Barbuda’s second homicide victim for the year to date.
The police are appealing to members of the public, especially in matters of domestic disputes, to contact the Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline at 463-5555 or call the emergency 911 or any police station for help.