Cops hunting killers of Bourda vendor

Troy Ramalho

Police are hunting for three men  in connection with the fatal shooting of a Bourda Street vendor during a robbery on Wednesday.

Troy Ramalho, 45, of King Edward Street, Albouystown died at the Georgetown Hospital where he was taken after the incident occurred.

The police in a press statement issued yesterday said Ramalho who operates a food business  on Robb Street (between Bourda and Alexander streets), had just closed up for the night and was waiting on a taxi to take him home when the suspects, one of whom was armed with a gun, pounced on him.

The gunman, according to a witness, discharged a round at Ramalho who fell instantly, while the other men relieved him of his jewellery and quickly fled the scene.

 Ramalho was rushed to the hospital where he died, the statement said, while noting that a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.

A female relative of Ramalho who spoke with Stabroek News yesterday said that the dead man’s wife who also sells in the market was only a short distance away when the men pounced on her husband.

 The relative said that the woman had related that she heard her husband rowing with someone followed by a gunshot. She noted that when the woman ran over to see what had happened, she found him lying on the road and made immediate attempts to take him to the hospital where he later succumbed to the gunshot wound.

According to the relative, Ramalho had been vending in the market for a number of years and his death has shocked the entire family, particularly his son and daughter, both of whom reside overseas.

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