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Sunday, April 30, 2006
Son tries to deal with the death of his mother and uncles in Guyana


Drawn as if by force to the room where his mother lay dead, Ian Persaud fell atop her body the moment he found her.

"She was lying in the corner behind the bedroom door," the 25-year-old Toronto resident said, recalling the hours after his mother and two uncles were found slain last week in a guarded compound in Guyana.

"I started crying and asking God why?"

The moments following his discovery of the bodies is a blur to Persaud, who returned from Guyana this weekend, after a funeral for his mother Phulmattie "Julie" Persaud of Mississauga, and uncles Rajpat Rai Sawh and Satyadeo Sawh, who was the agriculture minister of the Caribbean country.

The three Canadian citizens were killed along with a security guard April 21 after seven gunmen burst into Sawh's compound, demanded jewelry and opened fire.

Phulmattie, Rajpat Rai and other relatives, including Ian Persaud, were visiting from the GTA.

Surrounded this weekend in their Mississauga home by family and friends, who stopped by to pray, Persaud said the reality that his mother will not return has not yet sunk in.

"It doesn't seem real," said Persaud, who wants the Canadian government to play an active role in bringing the killers to justice.

Members of Persaud and Sawh's immediate families flew to Guyana last week and participated in a Hindu ceremony. The three siblings were cremated, Persaud said, and their ashes spread in a creek in Maichony, the town where they were born.

Mani Singh, president of the Association of Concerned Guyanese, said Canadian officials were in contact with the families over the last week.

Toronto Sun