CARIBBEAN: Japanese woman murdered while attending carnival in Trinidad

CARIBBEAN: Japanese woman murdered while attending carnival in Trinidad
*Photo credit: Trinidad Express

TRINIDAD GUARDIAN – Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya was last night identified as the masquerader found dead at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Homicide detectives were able to confirm her identity last night, having sought the public’s assistance earlier, after her body was found under a tree around 9.30 am.

Nagikiya and some of her friends have made headlines over the years as they traditionally visit T&T to play in the National Panorama competitions, including with former champions Phase II Pan Groove and PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars, and partake of the Carnival festivities.

According to reports, Geoff Adams, of Tamana, was walking through the area when he noticed a homeless man screaming while pointing at a patch of bushes.

“The guy say he see something in the bushes. I say it was a manicou or iguana but when I look I see a bikini bottom,” Adams told reporters in a brief interview after being interrogated by police on the scene.

The grisly discovery was made mere metres away from Queen’s Royal College and the Maraval Road roundabout, as crews from the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (Cepep) were busy cleaning up rubbish left over from Carnival celebrations.

The area was cordoned off by police for several hours as crime scene investigators combed heaps of discarded food and beverage containers, which surrounded Nagakiya, for evidence. Nagakiya was found lying face down and was subsequently taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, where an autopsy will be performed today.



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  1. Of course the police can say it's a homicide before an autopsy. Don't u think if they find someone with their skull bashed in and ligature marks around their neck or a gun shot wound to the back they can plainly rule it as homicide? Anyway, this is not even the point. It's a sad and terrible day when something like this happens in our islands. Sadder that this poor girl loved the country and culture so much that she would be there to celebrate and wind up dead. I pray they find justice for her and her family finds peace and comfort in the Lord.


    • Some will not understand the nuances of your comment as sometimes we are so quick to categorise without factual basis


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