A 48-year-old mother of six died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, moments after being stabbed at Lower Bay Street, Kingstown.
Dead is Brenda Layne, of Chauncey, originally of the neighbouring South Leeward village of Rillan Hill.
Police say that they have a man in custody assisting their investigations into the woman’s death.
Layne, a security guard with Humble Security Services Ltd., is said to have been stabbed while on her way home.
She was frequently assigned to work at St. Vincent Electricity Services Ltd., in Paul’s Avenue, but iWitness News was unable to ascertain whether she was on- or off-duty when she was mortally injured.
Police say that they have no evidence that her killing was the result of a robbery, as has been rumoured among members of the public and reported by some media outlets.
Police, however, stopped short of telling iWitness News what theories they are pursuing regarding the killing.
An autopsy was being arranged, and could be performed on Thursday, police say.
Meanwhile, Layne’s eldest child, Grace Layne-Joseph told iWitness News that she was still in shock over the sudden death of her mother.
Layne-Joseph said she has heard a lot of rumours about how her mother met her death.
“It’s really shaken me up,” she told iWitness News via telephone Wednesday afternoon.
“Right now, it’s just like a lot of rumours going around.
“I heard she was on her way home when somebody attacked her, stabbed her in the neck… But I am not sure because when everybody was talking, I was still in a state of shock. Right now, I can’t even focus right now,” the grieving woman told iWitness News.
“Everybody is just in s state of shock and torn up right now,” she further said, when asked about her sibling.
The death of the woman has shocked and angered residents of her hometown, Rillan Hill, where she was remembered as a jovial and easy-going person who joyfully greeted residents when she met them, although she had moved out of the village for some time.
Layne’s death is the second murder and the third killing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines since last Friday and brings the homicide count this year to 21.
She was killed on a day that 24-year-old security guard, Anwar Jack, of Georgetown, would appear at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, charged with the murder of travel agent supervisor Ian Enoch.
Police are alleging that Jack murdered Enoch, 48, of Brighton, originally of Trinidad, at Argyle sometime between 8 p.m. on Friday and 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, by chopping him about his body with a cutlass.
On Monday, police released without charge, pending further investigation, Andrew Knights, a 49-year-old fisherman, who was in custody assisting with the investigation into the death of Maxwell “Bad Money” Nash.
Acting Commissioner of Police Colin John said on Monday that Nash, 40, originally of Chateaubelair, died on the beach in Rose Place, Kingstown, reportedly after an altercation with Knights.
John, in a written statement to the media, said: “On Saturday, August 18, 2018, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) responded to a call that there was a man lying on the beach in Rose Place who appeared to be dead.
“On arrival on the scene, the police met a man who was later identified as Maxwell “Bad Money” Nash, 40-year-old fisherman of Chateaubelair, lying on the said beach with multiple stab wounds about his body.”
The district medical officer was summoned to the scene and pronounced Nash dead.