Two of the three children who witnessed the murders of their mother and sister last week Thursday at the family’s home in Chaguanas seemed oblivious to the deaths. At the joint funeral on Wednesday, the siblings, wearing matching pink dresses, held hands and walked between the coffins to view the bodies of Rohini Sandy Khan, 38, and her daughter Stephanie, also called “Steffie,” 19, lying side by side. The older sister, seven, told the four-year-old, “Mummy sleeping.”Then the two began discussing the slippers they were wearing.
The funeral took place at Dynasty Drive, Joyce Road, where gunmen killed them last Thursday.Since the fatal shooting, police had taken Khan’s three younger children – the youngest is one – into safekeeping. Only for the funeral were the children reunited with their family.Khan owned ABC Flowers at Jerningham Junction in Cunupia.
Khan and her four children, as well as Stephanie’s boyfriend, 20, returned to the house after working at the flower shop at about 7.30 pm when two gunmen ambushed their car and started shooting at them. The boyfriend, a Venezuelan, was shot and wounded. He remained hospitalised. The three minors were not injured.Officiating pundit Satyanand Dubey spoke at the funeral about the presence of hate in society.“Some people choose violence instead of communication and compromise to bring peace.
"We should not question the circumstance of what happened. We must look at what is happening in this world today and try to find a remedy. If we can experience love with each other, we would not have wars, jealousy, religious bickering, and so on that are causing all these troubles."He called on mourners to support the bereaved children and family. Khan's sister was inconsolable as she wept while standing between the coffins. The bodies were taken to the Waterloo Cremation Site for cremation.