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International media pick up on pannist’s murder
The reports of the death of Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya has made it to the international media with an article in the Washington Post. However, the article’s headline focuses on the controversy surrounding statements made by Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee following the discovery of her body.
Nagakiya, 30, was strangled to death before she was thrown into some bushes under a tree around the Queen’s Park Savannah between Carnival Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, when she was discovered.
Written by Michael E Miller, The Washington Post’s article’s headline stated: “Outrage in Trinidad after mayor blames Carnival killing on dancer’s ‘lewd behaviour.’”
Quoting both GML’s CNC3 and T&T Guardian, Miller wrote: “After two days of joy, the killing came as a shock for locals and the thousands of tourists who flock to the island nation every year for the famously vibrant festival.”
The article went on to address the Tim Kee aspect by stating, “Outrage over the crime, however, quickly shifted towards the city’s mayor after he suggested that by dressing in a revealing costume and dancing, Nagakiya was to blame for her own killing...Kee’s cringe-worthy comments kept getting worse, as he tried to link the Japanese musician’s killing to Carnival culture.”
Regionally, Nagakiya’s death was covered in both the Jamaican Gleaner and the Jamaican Observer.
Currently a protest demonstration is ongoing in Woodford Square opposite Tim Kee’s office in City Hall.
A man and woman were up to last night being questioned for the murder of the Japanese pan player. However, police were careful not to label the duo as suspects as they both went in voluntarily to offer information.
Stay posted to T&T Guardian for further emerging stories surrounding Nagakiya’s death.