Overcome with grief over his daughter’s murder, Neil Cupid has been haunted by whether she cried out for him in her dying moments.
“I sure she was calling out for her father. Daddy, daddy,” lamented Cupid as he caressed a photo of Tineil Cupid and cried over her closed casket at her funeral service yesterday.
Cupid’s body was found by a Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) employee in a forested area in Santa Flora on October 13, with multiple stab wounds to the neck and head.
Before the service commenced at Guides Funeral Home in San Fernando, a grieving Cupid knocked, hugged, stooped and even walked around the casket.
“I want to see your face,” he cried.
With him was Tineil’s four-year-old son who lives at his house. At one point he lifted his grandson on his back as he bent over the coffin, whispering words to his daughter.
Relatives became disturbed by the presence of the media and asked that they leave before the service started.
A 41-year-old man who shared a close relationship with Tineil remains in police custody.
Investigators are awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to charge him.
On the same day that Tineil’s body was found, her mother Natalie Manzano reported her missing to the police.
Her relatives last saw her alive on the night of October 12 when she left her mother’s home at Easy Street, Fyzabad in the company of a man whom she once shared an intimate relationship.
The 23-year-old mother of two had broken off a relationship three weeks ago and was staying at her mother’s home.
Relatives said Cupid, a CEPEP worker, was a victim of domestic abuse, but she kept the abuse hidden from her mother and older sister Anastacia Knights.
Knights told Guardian Media that her sister’s death should serve as a wake-up call for women in abusive relationships to get out.
The suspect was arrested by police at his Fyzabad home last Wednesday.