Update: Man found dead at his home in Mero; police are investigating

Ronald Astaphan

Police have officially identified a resident of Mero who was found dead at his home on Tuesday, as businessman Hugo Anthony Ronald Astaphan Jr.

According to Police Inspector Fixton Henderson, on Tuesday 28th November 2023 at about 11:30am Astaphan was found dead on his bed at his home at Cuba Road, Mero. He said the  52-year-old sustained an apparent gunshot wound.

He was examined and pronounced dead by a medical doctor  at the scene.

His body is being kept at a funeral home pending an autopsy.

Henderson said the police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Astaphan, continues and on behalf of the  Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, extended condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

Dominica News Online (DNO) also expresses sincere condolences to the family and friends of Astaphan.

Astaphan was the former proprietor of Guiyave restaurant in Roseau which shut down in July, 2021.

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  1. Inclaire
    December 1, 2023

    There is nothing in the article saying it was a self inflicted wound . This may be a homocide not a suicide. Why would he kill him self? As the article says the police is still investigating so please don’t put out false information before the case is thoroughly investigated. Allow the law to do its job properly and thoroughly. No stones left unturned. Who pulled the trigger?

  2. Lin clown
    November 30, 2023

    I support Envar,a wound to the chest in a suicide would be very difficult.A trigger pull on the trigger with the trigger finger is very difficult,when it comes to the chest.Most suicides are committed,in a shooting suicide with a shot to the head or mouth.

  3. November 30, 2023

    Hello and good morning my people. First I want to offer my condolences to the Astaphan family for their loss . The article said he was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head but it didn’t say if it was a self inflicted wound. He’s from a very influential family in Dominica who control a major part of our economy and he seems to be an outsider within their family structure. So am wondering if he was killed for some reason we don’t know about yet.

  4. Envar
    November 29, 2023

    Our country has lost a solidier, an awesome soul.

    The Ronald i know would never kill himself lying in his bed, who was a man who would not kill himslef, or he would say fu.. it, and stand up like a man and do that.

    Let’s remember Parjo. them guys killed him and took all his jewelry and money and is an accident with the rental he had that exposed the story.

    This one is really rough, Ronald was depressed but he was a very funny guy who would make you laugh, he had a big heart and gave alot. very serious bossman who would scorn you and lecrure you right away.

    RIP Cheff

  5. Bwa-Banday
    November 29, 2023

    Gone too soon my friend :cry: :cry: :cry: . Wished you had called and spoken to me again at least one last time :cry: :cry: :cry: .

    As much as I hate to say it, those who drove you and your beloved Guiyave into the grave shall forever be hunted by your memory. May your legacy, and that of Guiyave remain embeded in our memory. Farewell my good friend, till we see again on the other side. We will miss you!

    Rest Peacefully.

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  6. Frank N Stein
    November 29, 2023

    No mentioin of possible cause? Is foul play suspected? Murder? I guess with big names we cant expect to hear much in the media. I am sure this is the last piece of news on this. RIP Ronald.

  7. MrWannaBe
    November 29, 2023

    Ronald,Jah knows you’re a great person. Wishing you a peaceful journey my friend. Abundant love,peace and happiness in the afterlife. We are not meant to stay here but to transition,so to your family and close friends please accept my sincere condolences. I’m definitely sadden by your passing and you will be dearly missed. I trust and believe that you will be at peace moving forward,God knows our pains and limitations. The mistakes we make here in this earthly plane are based on so many factors,situations and obstacles that we face there’s just no way we can compare or really know what each of us really go through,as we are all single souls going through this earth journey. So my brother Ronald I wish you a peaceful journey on wards… See u on the next side

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    November 28, 2023

    Ronald, just 2weeks ago we spoke. Never did I ever expect this news this morning. May The Good Lord welcome you into His Kingdom. Rest In Eternal Peace my good friend. God Bless 🙏🙏🙏

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  9. Megso
    November 28, 2023

    Rest in Peace , Ronald.
    I will be forever grateful for all that You have done for My Family

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