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Man kills wife, commits suicide in presence of children

The house where the incident occurred.

A man at Port Kaituma early Easter Monday morning shot and killed his common-law wife in the presence of their children before turning the gun on himself.

The victims have been identified as 62-year old Victor Perez and 39-year old Pamela Martin.

The  man used an improvised shot gun to commit the incident at their home on Burma Road, Port Kaituma about 4:30 AM in the presence of their four children-ages 17,13,11 and five. Police saidthe couple “had an argument during which he shot her to the head and then shot himself to his head.” 

Police said an improvised shotgun and three empty cartridges were found at the scene.

As word spread of the incident, residents quickly converged outside the house.

Demerara Waves Online News was told that Perez, a logger, fell ill with cancer and was taking treatment in Venezuela. His relatives assisted in maintaining them. Sources said his wife was having an affair for sometime now and had just arrived home when the incident occurred.

This is the second major domestic dispute at Port Kaituma in just over one month that has turned deadly. The first was on March 14 when businessman, Lenus La Cruz, locked his wife and four of their children in their house and burnt it.

He escaped the inferno and was arrested. Days later, La Cruz sucumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital to severe burns about his body.