Customs officer’s death treated as homicide – suspect in custody

Zorina Benjamin appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head (Facebook photo)
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“I can’t believe she’s gone. This was my girl. A sweet gentle spirit.” Those were the words of a customs officer speaking to Observer yesterday after learning of the death of his coworker, Zorina Benjamin.

Benjamin, said to be in her 40s, was found dead yesterday at her Golden Grove home with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Coworkers found her lifeless body after they became concerned when she failed to show up to work and several attempts to contact her by phone proved unsuccessful.

She was pronounced dead at approximately 3.22pm.

The mother-of-one had worked at the department for over 10 years, according to another employee who described her as friendly and one who loved her job.

Benjamin reportedly worked on the same team as Nigel Christian who was kidnaped and killed execution style in July 2020 and Cornell Benjamin who was shot in the legs in October 2019.

Meanwhile, police confirmed last night they were treating the death as a homicide.

“Benjamin was found motionless inside her home shortly after midday on Monday with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her head,” a statement said. “A male suspect is currently in police custody assisting them further with their investigations,” it added.

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