Police in Jamaica have confirmed that the death of a 43-year-old woman from the city of Markham is being investigated as a homicide.
Investigators say Latoya Alindor was killed between Jan. 18 and Jan. 21 inside a guest house on Runway Bay, about 100 kilometers northwest of the country’s capital, Kingston. At the scene guests threw a stench and alerted police, who entered the unit and found his body.
Police say Alcinder’s body was found with evidence of stab wounds and other trauma. He was staying with a man inside the guest house, police say, and he is being treated as a suspect.
That person is still at large, and investigators do not recognize him at this time.
Tashia Antoine told CBC News that Alcindor was her “godly man” and that the two had known each other their whole lives. He described Alcindor as “a pillar of the Caribbean community” and a “cultural ambassador” who has been heavily involved in Caribbean and fundraising efforts.
“Tears come to my eyes when I think of her, or when I see a picture of her,” Antoine said.
“She was the loving mother of two beautiful little girls … It’s hard for them to see their mother’s life being taken so miserably.”
Allsinder hosted an online radio show and is well known in the community, Antoine told CBC News.
“She has a big family, but she had an extended family in her community,” he said. “Everyone is shocked. I can’t believe that something like this, something so bad … could happen to a person known for providing nature.”
“The community is heartbroken,” he added.
Antoine said Alcindor, who worked in property management, traveled to Jamaica on December 26 to seek a business opportunity. On another trip she met the man she was staying with a few months ago, Andoin said.
“This is the person we are trying to reach [to] Find out so we can get some answers, “he said, adding that he had talked to his friend a long time ago and everything seemed to be going well.
“It was a big shock because when I last spoke to her, she was so happy,” Antoine said.
“There is nothing she can do or say to guarantee this kind of death.”
Global affairs Canadian spokesman Grantley Franklin told the CBC News that the Canadian government was extending its “deepest condolences” to Alcinder’s family and friends, and that embassy officials are now in talks with local authorities for more information.
Franklin said further information could not be released due to global issues due to the provisions under the Privacy Act.