Almost three years after her daughter was killed in what remains an unsolved cold case, Andrea Edwards’ mother is hopeful the truth about what happened will one day be revealed.
Her relatives were convinced that the evidence was clear and an arrest would be made following the brutal murder. But weeks, months and years went by and no one was detained.
Her mother, Norma Edwards, does not want to dwell on the pain she endured from not knowing who knifed her child to death. Instead, she wants to remember her and focus on raising her teenage granddaughter who is now in her care.
She is also questioning the credibility of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and whether the criminals are being protected. Edwards said eyewitnesses provided investigators with statements and visual evidence but no one was held.
Andrea Edwards grew up in Carenage with her parents who loved her endlessly. She fell in love and moved in with a man near her family’s home. Together they had one daughter.
Edwards worked as a chef at a small food outlet in Port of Spain.
And in her spare time she would cook for the less fortunate because she loved helping others.
She was well loved by all who knew her, her mother said.
Stabbed with three knives
It was August 18, 2016 when Norma Edwards received a call that her 37-year-old daughter was murdered, stabbed 32 times about the body.
“It was about 4 a.m. My husband was outside and he came and told me something happened to Hannah…that was her home name. We rushed down to her home because she lived close by and we saw her dead on the bedroom floor. The crime scene was clean,” she said.
Her husband, businessman Raul Joseph, of Moyer Trace, Carenage suffered stab wounds and was treated at a private health institution. He was shot dead a month later.
Police are uncertain whether the crimes were linked.
But following her daughter’s death, Norma Edwards said she found evidence that her daughter was being threatened. “I found receipts in her purse where she had reported threats to the police but nothing was done. My daughter also told us about an issue she was dealing with and she wanted to move back home. She had already started building a room for her and her daughter downstairs my house,” she said.
An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James found that Edwards died from a stab wound through her left breast into her heart.
She was stabbed with knives of three different sizes, the report stated.
Police recovered one of the knives in a drain metres away from the scene.
A man and a woman were interviewed in connection with the murder but no one was charged.
Police also have video evidence of the crime scene being cleaned; Edwards’ body could be seen in the background.
Initial reports stated that a man broke into the couple’s bedroom and stabbed them repeatedly.
But Edwards’ relatives believe it was a domestic dispute.
The couple’s daughter, now 17, is pursuing a career in nursing.
Norma Edwards said, “My daughter was a good person. She did not deserve to die like this. I want justice, not just for myself, but for my granddaughter. She is now an orphan and we are trying to raise her properly. This has affected her greatly.”
The grandmother said she was seeking closure. And although what happened to her daughter that morning had been kept a secret by someone for almost three years, Edward said she will keep fighting to keep her daughter’s memory alive.
The Express contacted senior police officers who were unable to give details on the investigation. Police said the case was not closed but there was no new evidence.
Investigators confirmed that Edwards had reported that she was being threatened by a woman, following a domestic dispute. But police were not certain the threats were linked to her death.
If you have any information that can help bring justice for Andrea Edwards and her family, please call 800-TIPS or contact the police at 555, 999, 911 or any police station.