Apr 18, 2011 News Comments Off on Slain N.Y bishop to be buried in US
– killers still at large
The police are yet to track down the men who murdered 77-year-old New York based Guyanese Benjamin Nurse last Tuesday.
The elderly man was shot dead by one of two bandits who robbed him of his gold chain at his Freeman Street property.
Benjamin had only returned to his homeland about two weeks ago, to look after his two properties at Freeman Street La Penitence and Diamond East Bank Demerara.
Police sources yesterday said that the police are questioning several persons in the area, with the aim of trying to ascertain the identity of the bandits.
This newspaper was told that the police are treating the murder as a “crime of opportunity”. The official said that ranks from the intelligence branch have been working intensely to locate the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, relatives told Kaieteur News yesterday that the burial would be in the United States. His sister Esther Elder told this newspaper that there would be a service and viewing in Guyana before the body goes abroad.
Meanwhile, a police official said that they will be increasing the police presence in a number of areas.
It was explained that a number of overseas-based Guyanese and others are expected to return home for the Easter holidays, and safety is a major concern.
“We want people to feel safe in and around Georgetown….we need to gain their confidence” the official said.
Workers, who were present when the incident happened, recalled that the two men walked in and demanded that the elderly man hand over his gold chain.
Kaieteur News was told that a scuffle ensued between the bandits and elderly man. The employee said he heard a shot and saw Nurse collapse.
The two bandits quickly sprinted from the yard and made their way through a nearby alleyway. Nurse was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was pronounced dead.
Benjamin had lived in the Untied States for over 30 years and was an ordained Bishop of a Brooklyn New York Church. He was also a former policeman.
He leaves to mourn his wife, six children and other relatives.
Earlier this year New York-based Guyanese Roopnatine Ramodit, after living aboard for a number of years, was killed after gunmen attacked his Clifton, Corentyne, Berbice home.
Ramodit had returned to Guyana with his wife Loopwattie for a one-week stay.
Ramodit lived in Minnesota and retuned on January 19th to his hometown only to be killed hours after arriving. The armed men shot him to his left hip and fled the scene with a gold chain.
He died while being transported to the Port Mourant Hospital.
Last year, Canada-based Guyanese Rawle Harding was shot and killed while he was at a popular night spot in the city.
Two persons were charged in connection with that murder, but the case against one accused was dismissed.
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