The Guyanese woman who was hacked to death in Queens, New York on December 6, 2016 was earlier today laid to rest after her body was brought back to Guyana.
In the company of scores of people, the family of Rajwantie Baldeo stood grieving at the viewing and funeral service which was held at the dead relative’s 6th Street Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD) residence.
The same amount of persons were present as the body of the 46-year-old woman was cremated at the Good Hope Crematorium at 13:00hrs today.
On the day that she met her demise, Baldeo who was on a holiday visa- but working as a cook- had left work minutes after midnight when she was confronted by her 50-year-old husband, Prem Rampersaud at the corner of 103rd Avenue and 124 Street, in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York.
According to reports, the couple began to quarrel after Rampersaud accused Baldeo of having an affair with a man she met online.
This subsequently turned into a scuffle, and Rampersaud stabbed his wife multiple times about her body.
He was however caught red handed by eyewitnesses, who noticed that he had Baldeo’s body on the ground and was attempting to decapitate her.
Rampersaud was apprehended and charged with murder and possession of a criminal weapon.
Baldeo’s daughter had spoken to the media recently, and highlighted that her father has always been physically abusive to her mother, and on numerous occasions had threatened to kill her.
Neighbours of the family in Guyana, had relayed to media operatives that Rampersaud had told them that he was going to New York to kill Baldeo. (Ramona Luthi)