Nov 06, 2008 News
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Pandemonium broke out at the Georgetown Public Hospital as the relatives of 27-year-old Melissa Payne, of 56 Den Amstel, confirmed their worst fears yesterday morning at the hospital. News of her sudden death sent shock waves within the community and her family.
Payne was killed after she attempted to put up a fight with gunmen who carried out a brazen attack on her and a male friend, at Agricola Public Road, yesterday morning around 8:30am.
The gunmen escaped with some $110,000 in cash that was in the woman’s bag, and with jewellery.
At the time of the robbery she was in the company of a male friend, David Fraser, who said that they were heading to town to conduct business. The man said that they were approaching Agricola, when the Canter truck in which they were traveling encountered mechanical problems.
He said that they stopped and he came out and tried to fix the truck, while Melissa remained seated in the truck.
He said a few minutes later Melissa came out of the vehicle and stood watching him fix the truck.
The man said that it happened so fast. He said an older guy came up to him with a gun and demanded his cash. He added that the man snatched his gold chain and he, Fraser, tried to run away but he was stopped by another bandit who was acting as the “lookout.” Fraser said that he tried to attract the attention of other drivers, but no one stopped.
Clearly shaken, the man said that the bandits intensified their demands after seeing Melissa’s handbag. She attempted to turn back and go to the truck, but was stopped in her tracks by the other bandit who was the lookout. He added that this bandit was younger and demanded the bag from Payne. He admitted that she was little hesitant but later complied.
He further told this newspaper that as Melissa was giving the men the bag the strap “got tangled”, hinting that this may have caused the bandits to believe that she was not complying. The man with tears in his eyes said, “I kept telling her to give them the bag! Give them the bag!!!”
An emotional Fraser said all he heard was a gunshot and saw Melissa clutching the area under her arm. He said that the gunmen then ran away from Agricola community.
He said that he saw a motorist and pleaded with the man to take him and the injured Melissa Payne to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Upon hearing that Melissa had died, David Fraser was immediately admitted to the hospital suffering from heart problems.
News of her death sent shock waves throughout Dem Amstel, the community in which Melissa Payne lived.
Payne’s mother, Deborah Payne, was inconsolable. She said that she last heard from her daughter Tuesday evening when she queried about an errand that her daughter should have done the day before.
The woman said that her daughter told her that she would have got it done on Wednesday. The dead woman’s mother cried and promised that the persons “who kill meh child gon pay dearly.” The woman leaves to mourn two younger siblings and her mother and scores of other relatives.
At Dem Amstel, Fraser was clearly shaken. Still in shock, he said, “I just keep remembering the gunshot and then blood pouring from underneath Melissa’s right arm.”
Doctors at the hospital said that Melissa sustained massive internal injuries.
Fraser said that Melissa did not deserve to die like that because of her pleasant personality, adding that it would take him some time to drive that Canter truck.
According to a police release, they have detained two suspects in connection with the murder.
They also noted that a bullet was recovered at the scene.
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