THERE was no spraying of champagne, blaring music or luxury car exhibition at the funeral of Sheldon Sukhdeo on Friday.
Unlike the other fallen members of his family whose flashy farewells were showcased on social media, Sukhdeo’s funeral was shrouded in secrecy.
The funeral service and cremation was held at Belgrove’s Funeral Chapel and Crematorium on Coffee Street in San Fernando and not even police officers of the nearby Homicide bureau investigating his killing were informed of it.
Police sources said that the family told senior police officers that they preferred a private send-off for Sukhdeo without the security services of the police service.
The body of Sukhdeo, 32, was found with gunshot wounds to the chest in Las Lomas on Tuesday, more than six weeks after he was kidnapped and a $2 million ransom demand.
It is believed that Sukhdeo was killed at least two days prior, and his body dumped in a ravine in a forested area some three miles off Caroni South Bank Road.
He was found with his head wrapped in duct tape and his hands behind his back.
He was driving his BMW X-5 headed north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway when he was kidnapped on December 6.
The history of violence that has followed the Sukhdeo family has been documented in the media since 2016.
Police believe that there is more that has not been told.
Sheldon Sukhdeo’s brother, millionaire car and real estate dealer Sheron Sukhdeo, 28, first appeared in the Chaguanas court in February 2016 charged with committing the act of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his wife at their Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, home.
The charges were laid after his wife Rachael Sukhdeo posted photos of her alleged injuries on social media, with blue and black marks on the face, chest and legs.
The posts sparked national outrage, with women groups speaking up, and the police taking the woman to a safe house.
Months later the mother of two told the court that they had reconciled and she no longer wished to pursue the matter.
The case was dismissed after she said she was not forced, threatened or induced into her decision and the case was dismissed.
On Carnival Monday 2017, Sheron Sukhdeo was again hauled before the court charged with receiving two stolen cars and fraud.
The case was not yet settled in court when on March 26, 2018, in a hail of bullets near his wife’s relatives home at Charlieville on March 26, Sheron Sukhdeo was murdered.
Two weeks later, his brother in law brother, Phillip Bassant was gunned down at the very corner.
Sheron Sukhdeo’s neighbour, Joshua Plaza, 21, was killed on April 22.
The multi-millionaire’s employee Erwin Beckles was shot dead on May 14.
Sheron Sukhdeo’s wife, Rachael Sukhdeo, and two children have fled the country even though rolls of barbed wire were installed over their palatial home days after Sheron Sukhdeo’s funeral.
The barbed wire, secured to lengths of steel, surrounds the perimeter and stands more than 20 feet tall at the property at the corner of Xavier and Tenth Streets, Orchard Gardens in Chaguanas.
The Express was told that the Sukdeo’s car dealership is being managed by his colleagues.
Known as “World Boss”, Sukhdeo owned a fleet of at least 15 luxury vehicles, eight speed boats, ten jet skis and two small aircraft, as well as two buses, 12 mini vans, and four taxis. He was also the owner of seven houses and six apartments. According to someone close to the family, he also recently bought a restaurant and owned other businesses.