Saint Lucia’s Association of Independent Restaurants says the death of restaurant owner, Renato Venturi, is a tragic loss for Saint Lucia.
A known assailant attacked the 70 year old and his 68 year old wife, Cheryl, Saturday night at their home at Belma Lane, Morne Road, Castries, police say.
According to law enforcement officials, the deceased was hit at the back of the head with an object as he entered his house.
His wife was beaten and sustained injuries to the head, police say.
Venturi died on the scene while his wife was taken to hospital.
Police Superintendent George Nicholas told reporters Monday that based on information received, law enforcement can say that the victims knew the suspect.
“We have questioned the suspect in connection with a previous murder,” Nicholas disclosed.
He said the probe into that murder is ongoing and no charges have been laid against anyone.
The President of the Association of Independent Restaurants, Matthew Hartman, said the organisation is deeply saddened by the death of Renato Venturi.
He explained that Venturi was a son of the soil, although not born in Saint Lucia.
Hartman described the deceased as a well-known, compassionate individual who was a friend to many.
“He was an active part of the Saint Lucia tourism product and active restauranteur. From pauper to Prime Minister knew him,” Hartman told St Lucia Times.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, during an appearance Sunday night on the National Television Network (NTN), described Venturi as a ‘very dear friend’.
Chastanet described the killing as senseless.
He offered condolences to the family of the late businessman and expressed hopes for the speedy recovery of the wife of the deceased.