Sunday 26 May, 2019

Traumatised family of slain teacher slams media, public over comments

The family of slain schoolteacher Margaret Ragoobar-Guevara condemned the public for making cruel insensitive comments and sharing gruesome photos of the incident online.

Dominique Guevara said via a public social media post that comments on the tragic killing were insensitive and said people should keep their opinions to themselves. 

"While I'm used to seeing inconsiderate persons on social media, I'm absolutely appalled at the insensitivity of so many today. My siblings and I were the ones directly affected by the situation and the comments being made by persons are so extemely hurtful. Please mind your words. You were NOT involved in the situation so please KEEP YOUR UNINFORMED OPINIONS TO YOURSELVES. This goes for Ian Alleyne, SLAM 100.5, Express, Newsday and all others. I hope this is shared enough so everyone can gain some understanding and hopefully sympathy and decide to say a prayer instead of posting a disgusting comment. Thank you."

Guevara was found by her daughter on Monday morning at their home in Coalmine, Sangre Grande, after there were reports of a shot being fired and a scream.

The horrified teenager saw her mother lying motionless, while a male relative was seen sitting on a chair with gunshot wounds to his face.

(Photo: Margaret Ragoobar-Guevara with husband Dominic Guevara, taken from Facebook.)

The 44-year-old man, who is now the main suspect in her murder, was given emergency surgery after his jaw had been blown open from what is believed to be a gunshot wound from a 12-gauge shotgun which was found at the home.

Doctors at the Port of Spain General Hospital performed emergency surgery and managed to sew his face back together. 

However, even though he was said to have stabilized, LoopTT was told he only has a 50 percent chance of survival.

An autopsy was due to be carried out on Guevarra's body on Tuesday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Questions were raised as to whether Guevarra was a victim of domestic abuse after she shared a post on February 23 entitled 'Signs of an Abusive Relationship'. 

She was a mother of five. 

Earlier this year, a Tobago nursery teacher was violently killed in what was suspected to be a domestic incident. A suspect in her murder, who was known to her, died of poisoning after eluding capture for some days.

More on this as it becomes available. 

 

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