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My daughter was ‘put in place’

Published: 
Monday, March 12, 2018

Relatives of Melissa Tricia Emmanuel, who was shot dead in what is suspected to be a botched robbery in a PH taxi in Port-of-Spain on Friday evening, believe that she was “put in place” by somebody she knew.

Speaking with reporters at her home at Wattley Circular, Mt Pleasant Road, Arima, yesterday Emmanuel’s mother Ann Marie said the incident occurred moments after her daughter had collected $7,000 from the daughter of a woman who had agreed to assist her with a visa application, before she died suddenly last year.

Ann Marie said before leaving home on Friday, Emmanuel, the mother of a ten-year-old girl, told her that she was going to collect the money at Movie Towne after visiting the hairdresser.

“Why was she the only person in the taxi to get rob? The man ignored the other passengers and just grab my daughter bag,” an emotional Ann Marie said.

She went on: “He could have just take the bag and go. You take my child life for a purse. A life not worth $7,000.”

Ann Marie suggested that her daughter would have fought for the purse as she planned to use the money to celebrate her 37th birthday this coming Sunday.

“She would have hold on to the bag because she was very excited for her birthday,” she said as she explained that her daughter was not robbed of a gold chain as claimed in initial media reports.

“What make it suspicious is that she was not wearing any jewelry, just a pair of tear drop earrings. The man just wanted the bag like if he knew what was inside,” she said.

She explained that homicide detectives were unable to identify her daughter as her identification documents were in the stolen handbag.

Ann Marie said she only learned of her daughter’s death after she visited several police stations in Port-of-Spain on Saturday morning after she failed to return home on Friday night.

“She was such a pleasant and loving person. She would always call to say where she is. I knew something was wrong when I didn’t hear from her,” Ann Marie said.

Emmanuel was a back seat passenger in a taxi driving along Wrightson Road when a fellow passenger, who had boarded moments earlier, held up the taxi at Gatacre Street, just outside the gas station. The man robbed Emmanuel of her handbag before shooting her once in her head.

She was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital by another taxi that was driving in the area. She died while receiving treatment.

Homicide detectives released a descriptions of the suspect and Emmanuel, before she was eventually identified on Saturday evening.

The suspect was described as an African man, of slim built, a dark complexion and short dreadlocks. He was wearing a yellow t-shirt, black three-quarter jeans and a black cap.

He had not been arrested up to late yesterday.

Emmanuel’s relatives provided investigators with the information of the person who she met to collect the money and they were investigating the lead up to late yesterday.

Members of the public who may have information which may assist investigators are asked to contact their nearest police station or the Homicide Bureau at 625-9457, 624-5230 or 625-8234.

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