Linden shallow grave murder: Family raps Police for failing to arrest prime suspect
Two months after the decomposed body of 20-year-old Shonette Dover was found in a shallow grave, family members have lashed out at the Police for failing to arrest the prime suspect, the victim’s 19-year-old fiancé, Shaquawn Alleyne.
On the evening of April 3, 2021, Shaquawn Alleyne reportedly shot Dover to the face and then buried her body in his backyard at Canvas City, Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Her body was discovered a month later, on April 30 after the victim’s 15-year-old sister led detectives to the grave.
The younger sister had reportedly assisted the suspect in burying her sister and as such, she has since been charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
The fiancé, however, remains at large. The fiancé’s father, who had knowledge of the incident, was arrested but subsequently released.
Contacted on Friday, the victim’s grandmother, Constance Dover told Guyana Times that the Police’s probe into the matter is too slow.
“It’s not a case that we should give up…you don’t give up easily you got to fight. I don’t know what the Police is doing… but what I don’t know, is since then unto now we don’t know what is going on, we don’t know what is happening, and no one is saying anything to us…”, she said.
According to the young woman’s grandmother, the family is still hurting and needs some form of closure.
“They are not going to look for this man. We are just getting some rumours here and there…but what is the truth we don’t know. The only person that knows the truth is God. I want to know if this girl was a bird, they see her on a limb on some tree, and he just shoot her and she drop down and dead there, and it finish.”
“This thing is hurting us inside. Nobody knows the pains that we are feeling, nobody knows what we are going through; because this girl was not supposed to die in that way… he had no right, he didn’t give her life and he had no right taking her life… he came and sit in my chair pretending as if he doesn’t know anything.”
“My granddaughter has already died and gone and it seems as though the day that she died, was the day everything was over… we cannot fight the law, this boy put us in a lot of problem, he destroyed my granddaughters. He killed one and the other one you got to find so much of money for lawyer to stand up for she…” the woman explained.
When contacted on Tuesday for an update on the case, Commander Hugh Winter revealed that investigations are still actively ongoing.
A post-mortem examination conducted on Dover’s body found that she died as a result of a single gunshot to the head.