A small group of Cubans stood shell shocked on a sidewalk on All Saints Road Tuesday night as police officers conducted investigations into the homicide of their compatriot, a 39-year-old doctor whose name the police asked the media to withhold since the next of kin had not been notified.
A neighbour, who reported hearing sounds of a struggle and screams for help, rushed to the upstairs apartment just west of Townhouse Mega Store where she found the district doctor dead. This happened at around 9:30 pm, although Dr Cecil Philip, who would officially pronounce the man dead, arrived at around midnight.
Officers on the scene said the deceased was face up in his living room, which was splattered with blood, on the floor and on the sofa. Reports indicate that there were signs of struggle and there appeared to be a wound to the back of the man’s head. At the time of posting it was unclear if there were any other injuries.
A Cuban nurse, a friend of the deceased, told the OBSERVER that she left the man’s apartment at around 9:05 pm and got a call from another friend about an apparent incident. She said she returned at about 9:50 pm to find that her friend had been killed.
As the clock approached midnight, the Cubans remained rooted to their spot on the sidewalk as police officers probed the scene and media workers sought to overcome the language barrier to conduct interviews. Save for the three groups, there was no one else around, no shouts of anguish or tears, just obviously shocked friends communicating in their native tongue.
One woman, who lives in the building where the killing took place, fearing for her and her family’s safety, packed a suitcase and sought refuge with friends in a nearby apartment building.
Senior Sergeant William Holder made an immediate request for the public’s help in solving the third homicide for the year. He urged anyone with information to call the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 462-3913 or 462-3914 or the nearest police station. (With reports from Martina Johnson who was on the scene)