The ex-lover of 23-year-old Shanika Forde was arrested and taken into police custody for the murder of the 26-year-old and her new lover, Daniel Fraser a Lance Corporal of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).
Fraser and Forde were shot dead on Wednesday night at 23:30hrs in ‘B’ Field Sophia, on the East Coast Demerara (ECD).
According to a senior police source, the suspect was arrested based on information received which stated that he had threatened to kill Forde after he found out that she was in a relationship with Fraser.
The Guyana Standard understands that the suspect shared an intimate relationship in the past with Forde and she bore him a child, who is currently residing in Barbados.
However, a close relative of Fraser told this publication that Fraser and Forde shared a long-distance relationship for the past year after they met online.
The relative further added that Forde who was Guyanese by birth, resided in Barbados and returned to Guyana recently to take care of several documents.
Meanwhile, a police report stated that Fraser of lot 598 A Field Sophia and Forde who was staying at her friend’s place at lot 633 South Sophia shared an intimate relationship for about two weeks.
The report further stated that earlier on Wednesday night Fraser and Forde were at a shop at C Field Sophia imbibing alcohol. At around 11:30hrs, the two left on a motorcycle bearing registration number CK 9296 which was owned by Fraser.
As the two were heading west along the last street in ‘B’ Field Sophia, they were confronted by a lone gunman on a bicycle from a northern direction who discharged six rounds at them.
The suspect then rode away in a western direction making good his escape.
Nevertheless, both Fraser and Forde were picked up by Fraser’s brother Darrel Fraser and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where they were pronounced dead on arrival by a doctor on duty.
Close examination of the bodies revealed that Fraser received one gunshot wound to his chest, while Forde received three gunshot wounds- one to her knee, one to her chest, and one to her right-side abdomen which exited the left side abdomen.
Their bodies are currently lying at the GPHC mortuary awaiting an autopsy. An investigation is ongoing.