While his alleged killer was being arraigned in court yesterday, family, along with scores of friends and business associates of 40-year-old businessman Bedi Ramjewan, gathered at the slain man’s Industry Crown Dam residence to pay their last respects.
Ramjewan was cremated after a very emotional farewell service, performed according to Hindu rights, in celebration of his life.
During the entire ceremony his wife, Nalini Ramjewan, and his mother Ilene, sat beside the casket bearing the remains, while a number of persons delivered heartfelt tributes. The eulogy was read by his cousin, Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Priya Manickchand.
Among those paying tributes were Reverend Dr. Dale Bisnauth, of the Guyana Presbyterian Church, Mr. Tota Mangar, of the University of Guyana, a representative of the Guyana Flood Light Softball Cricket Association and Sheik Moenul Hack of the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana.
On Wednesday, last, Ramjewan was shot in the chest, and beaten in the head with a helmet, after he was cornered near his home by two men on a motorcycle.
Ramjewan had left a commercial bank in the city, moments before the incident occurred.
The businessman was heading home in his vehicle, PLL 1817, and had reached the junction of Crown Dam and the Railway Embankment, when the assailants blocked his path.
An eyewitness recalled seeing the two gunmen earlier at the entrance to Crown Dam.
According to the eyewitness, one of the men was armed with a handgun.
“The one with the handgun jumped off the bike and started approaching Ramjewan’s vehicle,” the eyewitness added.
The bandit reportedly went to the driver’s side of the vehicle and began hitting Ramjewan in the head with his helmet. Ramjewan attempted to drive off, but ended up in a nearby trench.
Unconfirmed reports had suggested that the bandits managed to grab a black bag from the vehicle before fleeing.
Kaieteur News was told by a senior police official that the suspect was picked out during an identification parade.
Yesterday Edward Skeete, 23, was charged with Ramjewan’s murder after he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court. He has since been remanded to prison until May 27.
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