Guyana: Boy, 15, commits suicide days after house crushes 12-year-old girlfriend

Guyana: Boy, 15, commits suicide days after house crushes 12-year-old girlfriend
Dead: Ricardo Niranjan and Amber Richards
Dead: Ricardo Niranjan and Amber Richards

(KAIETEUR NEWS) – A 15-year-old boy has committed suicide—just days after his girlfriend was crushed to death when her aunt’s house at La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, fell on her on last Friday.

Ricardo Niranjan of Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, was found hanging from the ceiling of his home on Monday, by a relative. It is suspected that the teenager killed himself on Sunday.

Kaieteur News understands that the young man lived with his mother and sisters at Block 12 Non Pareil. However, his family left sometime last week to visit a relative in neighbouring Suriname and left him to look over the property.

On Monday, when other relatives realized that they had not seen the young man the day before, they went over and called for him. After getting no response, they went into the house and found him hanging from the ceiling.

The relatives informed the police that the 15-year-old Niranjan and 12-year-old Amber Richards were “together” and after her death, he became depressed and stopped leaving the house. Niranjan even posted a photograph of the 12-year-old on his Facebook page.

However, when contacted yesterday, an aunt of Amber Richards said that the family was informed of the teen’s suicide, but they knew absolutely nothing of him or his family, or his alleged relationship with the 12-year-old girl.

Up to press time, the woman said that they were trying to get information on the young man so that they could “get to the bottom of the story” and determine whether the two were indeed in a relationship.

Richards and her eight-year-old brother, Joshua, both of Canal Number One, were pinned under their aunt’s La Bonne Intention home when it collapsed on them.

Joshua was rescued and is now in a stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Amber died on the spot after being pinned under the collapsed structure for more than an hour.

She was crushed to death—her skull, back and feet were flattened. Neighbours had to use a power saw to cut the flooring of the structure before they could have gotten to her lifeless body.

Their aunt, Wanita Ramgolam said that her sister, Renita and estranged husband, Nigel Richards, only sent their only two children to spend a week with her.

The woman explained that she had just finished taking a bath and went upstairs to get dressed and left her niece and nephew swinging in the hammock downstairs—the hammock was tied to two of the house’s posts.

It is suspected that the “swinging” might have contributed to the house falling to the ground.


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  1. So sad a loss of two young people. God be with all connected at this trying time.


  2. Uzza an's all part of human nature for youngsters to have puppy love feelings for each need to do a biography research on your modda and find out at what age she was already eating cow foot.


    • Stop your ignorance. Remember he was only 15 years and there is an illness called depression. Clearly you have not grieved over anyone so you have no idea the insensitive nonsense you just typed on here.


    • I mean everyone has their type but still why like a 12 yrs there are lots of people(girls) out there ready to like you


  3. smh twelve years old an you already have man. am sure if the girl parents knew that they would be in a uprage. that is why i always say dont mind these young girls they know what they getting into and then poor jab the boy they will say she under age and is rape


    • No sympathy for the kids, that's only what you can comment about? You don't know if they were just close friends with no sexual relationship, two kids lost their lives, be a little more sympathetic,


      • the story says a 15 year old boy kills himself after his girlfriend died so what close friend thing you talking about there. if this was another story and they didnt die you would not be saying nothing about no close friend relationship now would you


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