The legal fraternity of St. Kitts-Nevis joins the rest of the region mourning and condemning the murder of Senior Counsel Dana S. Seetahal in Trinidad. Just after midnight May 4, Seetahal SC was gunned down execution style not far from her home. Trinidad media reports indicate Seetahal’s SUV was blocked by a vehicle on Hamilton-Holder Street, Woodbrook, and a second vehicle pulled alongside hers and several assailants opened fire on the prosecutor. She received multiple gunshots to her body and died on the scene. The murder sent a shockwave through Trinidad and Tobago, prompting a 1 million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible. T&T Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has since increased it to $2.5 mil. Seetahal, 58, an Independent Senator in the Trinidad and Tobago Senate and former lecturer of Criminal Practice and Procedure at the Hugh Wooding Law School, was one of three Senior Counsels on the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder trial. Although no motive for the crime has come to light, many have speculated that her assassination was work-related. The trial judge and other two SC have since been issued security details and the case adjourned until next week. The Director of Public Prosecution in St. Kitts, Travers Sinanan and defense attorney Chesley Hamilton on Tuesday morning moved for the court to observe one minute of silence for Seetahal. The application was supported by all counsel on both sides of the ongoing Gregory Zakers murder trial. Hamilton and fellow defense counsel from Nevis, Robelto Hector, told The Observer they were students of Seetahal’s while studying at Hugh Wooding. Both expressed sadness at her slaying and extended condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. Trial Judge Justice Darshan Ramdhani also offered words of condolence. He described the fallen Senior Counsel as “my mentor”, adding that she gave him his first assignment during internship. DDP Sinanan, a native of Trinidad, recorded condolences and deepest sympathy to Seetahal’s family on behalf of himself and the Office of Public Prosecution. He said she a ‘titan”and was well renowned in the region for her literary skills and as a lecturer and mentor. “I knew her as a colleague on the opposite side when she was a state prosecutor and I was a defense lawyer. I always found her a feisty opponent and even though we may have had robust clashes in court, outside the court room we were always able to be professional and courteous with each other,”he told The Observer. DPP Sinanan described her death as a great loss, pointing out that it was a “crying shame” that it happened the way it did. “It is a great loss that someone of this caliber could be taken away from the region so quickly. She had obviously made a mark in Trinidad and was continuing to make a mark with high-profiled cases and serious prosecutions. He continued, “I would like to think that it is her relentless pursuit of truth and justice, uncovering what needs to be uncovered, that may have led to her untimely demise.”Sinanan hoped swift and expeditious means would be employed so that those “perpetrating such a heinous offense in such a vicious and brutal manner be brought to justice”. Senior Counsel Seetahal was laid to rest Thursday (May 8) at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church, Tunapuna.