The story of Cain and Abel is a tale as old as time itself.
One brother becomes successful, the other not so much. Jealously, greed and envy fester in this bitter soil until there is a murder.
That story has played out under the South American sun for one Toronto family.
On Dec. 17, 2019, Vivekanand Narpatty, 71, a Canadian businessman and entrepreneur who immigrated here in 1971, making himself a success in the process, was viciously murdered.
After almost 30 years of paying taxes in Canada, he returned to Guyana, where he had previously shipped more than 50 barrels and boxes of items for relatives in his home village. He returned to the country of his birth with his wife, Carole, and two daughters.
Narpatty had dreamed of opening a beach resort. That dream would become a nightmare.
The murder that Christmas season was barbaric beyond belief.
Narpatty was beaten to death and two of his toes were severed. Security guard Harry Persaud was also murdered, his foot severed.
“Every bone in my dad’s body was broken two or three times and the security guard’s head was bashed in until his brain was liquidation … his foot was severed completely and never found,” his daughter, Ebony Narpatty, told The Toronto Sun.
For four long years, she has tried to get to the bottom of her father’s murder.
The slaying was allegedly related to a wide-ranging conspiracy over property, squatter’s rights and a lifetime of jealousy.
Cops say the mastermind of the brutal slaying was Rishi Deo Narpatty — Ebony’s uncle and her father’s brother. Vivekanand Narpatty was entitled to one-third of his grandfather’s rice mill property in Berbice, Guyana, along the coast.
Ebony indicated that her father had complained to police in the past with allegations that Rishi had attacked him with a knife, pickaxe or other instrument. According to Ebony, “Nothing was done with any of those reports”.
Her father’s Sunsplash Holiday Beach Resort was also the target of a bombing that obliterated his car and the back of the resort. Ebony said the culprit was allegedly her father’s sister.
Suspected mastermind Rishi Deo Narpatty is believed to be in the United States.
In October, one of the killers, Alvin “Blacka” Drugean, 50, was handed two life sentences without parole after pleading guilty. Drugeon confessed that he had been hired by Rishi Deo Narpatty, the amputations occurred while the victims were still alive.
Earlier, other co-conspirators were jailed. According to Drugean, the payday was $660 upfront with another $5,000 when the job was done.
Since receiving the terrible news of her father’s murder, Ebony has maintained the investigation was “crooked,” and the family was roadblocked in their efforts to get information and have their say in court.
“We were never allowed to attend court that day, it’s ridiculous,” Ebony said. “We were being misled most of this case by the prosecutors … there is a lot of grey. It seems like they don’t want us to know the true story.”
She added that at times it felt like the prosecution was advocating on behalf of the killers rather than her father and his heartbroken family. And, when Ebony had an opportunity to speak, she claims she was “insulted” when expressing her disgust with the justice system.
Like many other Canadians who have had loved ones murdered overseas, Ebony found out that under the tropical sun, her family was all alone.
The Narpatty clan — Ebony, her sister and her mother — are left with countless questions about the investigation itself and the administration of justice in the South American nation. Questions remain unanswered.
“I got justice for my dad after four long years of grief, losing precious time and confusion,” she said.
“Thanks to God for giving me this courage all alone and I know my father must be very proud of me.”