Twenty-five-year-old Natalia “Thalia” Cooper was parking her car in the garage of her home in Moruga on Thursday, Old Year’s night, when she was gunned down.
Cooper, the mother of two, is believed to have been this country’s last murder victim for 2020, bringing the toll to 395.
Her three-year-old son, identified as Cairo Jordan, who was also in the car, was shot in the leg. Up to Friday evening, he remained at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) in a stable condition.
Newsday learned that the child is now an orphan as his father, Kadeem "Natos" Jordan, 27, was murdered in April 2020.
The elder Jordan, of Coconut Boulevard, Pleasantville, was also shot in his car, but at Pleasantville Circular. He died shortly after at hospital.
In Cooper's killing, police said shortly before 9 pm on Thursday, she was reversing her Nissan Tiida car at her rented house at Third Company Road in Indian Walk.
Police believed the gunmen ambushed the mother and son before she had a chance to park. Villagers found the car crashed through the garage’s concrete wall at the side of the house.
Newsday visited the scene on Friday, but villagers said they knew little about her. Requesting anonymity, villagers said she moved into the house about two months ago and kept to herself.
“She lived with her two children. I do not even know her name. I cannot say where she is originally from,” a resident said.
Initially, residents said they assumed the gunshots were early fireworks to ring in the new year.
“It was when we heard the crash, we came out. The car reversed in the garage and crashed into the wall. I did not see them in the car. She was still alive. We do not know where the other child was."
The injured Cooper and her son were taken to the Princes Town District Health Facility where she died. Her son was transferred to the San Fernando hospital.
Cpl Ramdhan and other police from the Princes Town police district as well as from the Homicide Bureau Region III visited.
Police found a live round of 9 mm ammunition and four spent shells at the scene.