Trinidad police discover bodies of family members in suspected murder/suicide

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Police in Trinidad are investigating the death of four people, including two children, whose bodies were found in a vehicle in an apparent murder/suicide.

Police said that the bodies of Barry Choon, a doubles vendor, his wife Shalini Soodeo Choon, and their two children, seven-year-old Akeila and seven-month-old Jacob, were found in a secluded back road in Toco, the most north-easterly village on Friday.

Media reports said that the children and the wife may have been killed by Barry who then turned the weapon, a box cutter, on himself.

Police are still on the scene and are hoping an autopsy, would shed light on the situation.

The police said that a passer-by peeked into the window of the family’s vehicle and saw the grisly scene. One newspaper reported that the father, mother and eldest child all suffered from wounds to the throat but the baby did not bare any wounds. Police believe baby may have suffocated in the car.

Sangre Grande/Toco Regional Corporation chairman Terry Rhondon described the situation as “sad.”

“The people of Sangre Grande/Toco Regional Corporation extend their deepest condolences to the family. This is a family-oriented village so we look out for each other here. I wish I were here to tell that man to stop what he was doing,” he said, calling on the nation to pray so that such a situation would not be repeated.

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