State witness shot dead at birthday party

A State wit­ness was gunned down hours af­ter she left a safe house to at­tend a birth­day par­ty on Sun­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 7.30 pm Veron­i­ca Fran­co, 32, who left the State Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gramme to at­tend a par­ty of one of her friends at 12th Street in Barataria was shot dead by two gun­men.

Po­lice said the killers ran in­to the yard and at­tempt­ed to shoot at Fran­co, how­ev­er, she ran in­to a house and locked her­self in­side.

The gun­men kicked open the door and shot her sev­er­al times be­fore flee­ing.

Fran­co was tak­en to the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex in Mount Hope where she suc­cumbed to her in­juries.

Fran­co, po­lice said, was a wit­ness in a dou­ble mur­der that oc­curred in Mor­vant.

An­oth­er man was al­so shot and wound­ed in the in­ci­dent.

She is the sec­ond State wit­ness to have been killed this month. On May 1, Ra­jen­dra Bharath was shot dead at his Don Miguel Road, El So­cor­ro home as he sat in his porch.

Po­lice said he was a wit­ness to a re­cent mur­der.

- by Rhondor Dowlat

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