Woman killed by sister’s ex-boyfriend was shot to the chest- autopsy


Ashanti Liverpool, the 24-year-old woman who was killed by her sister’s ex-boyfriend during the wee hours of Tuesday, died of a gunshot injury to her chest, according to the autopsy conducted on Wednesday.

Police Headquarters said the autopsy was conducted by government pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital’s mortuary.

The body was identified by Ishanti Liverpool, Ashanti’s twin sister. The body was handed over to relatives for burial.

Meanwhile, Police also noted that the suspect, Stephan Hope, remains hospitalised at the Georgetown hospital in a critical condition.

According to reports, Hope, a security guard, went to the Hong Kong Chinese Supermarket located at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, and collected an AR-15 Rifle and eight live rounds of ammunition from a colleague.

The suspect had earlier gone to the girlfriend’s home and saw her sitting inside a car outside her house. She is believed to have been accompanied by a male. As such, Hope left, went to Good Hope and returned about 30 minutes later armed with the AR-15 Rifle, where he entered the house and met Ashanti, who was at home in bed.

He asked about her sister’s whereabouts but Ishanti had left the house a short while before he returned. As a result, Ashanti ran outside, where she made her way out of the yard and started heading east along the access road when Hope opened fire at her with the rifle.

Ashanti continued running and collapsed in a nearby yard. Hope hopped onto his motorcycle and left the scene. The man went to another supermarket, the Hong Xing Supermarket at Industry Railway Embankment, where he collected an AR-15 Rifle with six live matching rounds of ammunition from another colleague. It is believed that Hope apparently shot himself soon after.

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