Dead Cuban lecturer to be cremated
Since the discovery of the decomposing body of a Cuban national, believed to be Edwardo Barreios, in his apartment at Sixth Street, Cummings Lodge on Sunday night, the police have taken possession of the dead man’s laptop computer and mobile phone, to assist them in their investigations.
While foul play has almost been ruled out, the police are examining the death of the 38-year-old from every possible angle. At the same time, the police are awaiting the results of the post mortem examination, expected this morning.
Some Cuban nationals who are Barreios’s friends have expressed displeasure at the fact that, after Barreios’s body was removed from his apartment, it was apparently left under a tree in the Le Repentir Cemetery until early yesterday morning.
This newspaper was made to understand that the Cubans had to pay some $40,000 to have the body moved into a funeral parlour.
They have also contacted Barreios’s mother, Tamara Serres, who resides in Cuba. Serres apparently gave permission to have the body of her son cremated in Guyana, and the ashes will later be sent to Cuba.
Reports have said that Serres has not been able to come to grips with the fact that her son is dead.
Barreios’s body was discovered by a neighbour, who said that she began getting a foul smell, but initially thought that it was coming from a dead animal in the area. As the stench grew stronger, and coupled with the fact that she had not seen the Cuban for a few days, she decided to investigate.
She discovered the decomposing body lying face down on his bed.
Barreios was an electrical engineer who was lecturing in Business Management at the University of Guyana. Recently, many who saw him said that he appeared to be in ill health, while others said that he seemed quite depressed.
As news of the discovery spread, several of Barreios’s countrymen flocked to the scene, seeking to confirm the information that they had received.