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The General Earth Movers Ltd compound at Purcell Street, Vistabella, where Shrikanth Iyer (INSET) worked. Iyer, who lived next door, was ambushed and shot dead in his vehicle on Tuesday evening.

Friends and family of Indian national Shrikanth Iyer remained puzzled over his killing yesterday.Iyer, 26, an accountant at General Earth Movers Ltd, died within minutes of being shot several times at the company’s compound at Vistabella, San Fernando.

Someone close to the company yesterday said Iyer would usually park his Subaru Legacy inside the compound along Purcell Street, as he lived in an apartment next door.

Surveillance footage showed that around 8.02 pm, Iyer drove into the compound’s front entrance and a gunman wearing dark clothing ran in behind the car. The gunman ran up to the front passenger window and shot Iyer several times. Iyer tried to reverse out of the compound but crashed into the gate and another vehicle parked in the yard.Residents contacted Marabella police but by the time they responded Iyer was already dead.

Police said Iyer was returning home when the gunman attacked.

Crime scene investigators and detectives from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region Three also responded. Investigators impounded Iyer’s car for further processing.

Up to yesterday, investigators were working to determine a motive for the murder. One of them was that Iyer and a relative may have been recently approached by a man to facilitate an activity which they refused.

When Guardian Media visited General Earth Movers Ltd yesterday, no one responded to calls from the front door. However, Iyer’s close friend, attorney Kevin Ratiram, said they fondly referred to him as Shri. Ratiram said he last saw Iyer on Sunday and spoke to him on Monday. He said Iyer was one of those people whom you would never believe had an enemy. His friends are clueless as to why someone wanted to hurt him. Ratiram said they could only pray that those who murdered him face justice. “Shri was not one in a million; he was one in a billion. He was literally the kindest, most charitable person I have ever known. He would donate freely to multiple charitable causes and organisations, both locally and abroad. He had a heart of gold. To know Shri was to love him. He made friends everywhere he went,” Ratiram said. “He had the most affable personality, always jovial, always with a smile on his face. He lived life to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard. One of his passions was travelling, and every year he would travel to exotic countries, embracing all that the world had to offer.”

Guardian Media attempted to reach Iyer’s father but a woman in the apartment building said “no comment”. His other relatives are in Singapore.