The wife of murdered businessman, Stan Pistol, says she heard gunshots moments before she entered Kross Roads Mini Mart in Castries and found her husband dead.
Grandalen Pistol told St Lucia Times that she returned home Wednesday night, parked her vehicle and got ready to meet her 51 year old husband at the mini mart.
She said she heard the sound of gunshots on approaching the business, and by the time she got there she saw him lying in a pool of blood.
Mrs. Pistol said an undisclosed number of assailants left with the cash register.
The couple, who have two children aged 16 and 13, have been married for 22 years and would have celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on December 8.
Mrs. Pistol said her husband would have celebrated his 52nd birthday on April 4 this year.
She told St Lucia Times that this year marks nine years since they have been operating the mini-mart.
The wife of the deceased explained that Mr. Pistol may have either been attending to a customer at the time the bandits struck, or might have just finished attending to a customer.
She revealed that on a previous occasion, two bandits had entered the mini-mart and demanded that Mr. Pistol ‘Pass it!’
“He said : ‘You want it? Come and take whatever you want.’ And he stepped out of their way,” Mrs. Pistol recalled.
“That didn’t take anything. They watched him like he was just mad, or maybe they were scared or afraid,” she stated.
Mrs. Pistol said the two bandits, who had their faces concealed with rags, left without taking anything.
“They are just heartless,” she said of the criminals who killed her husband Wednesday night.
“They took from me – they left an emptiness; a void in my life – in the life of my kids,” Mrs. Pistol told St Lucia Times.
She said the tragic incident had hit the family hard.
Mrs. Pistol described her late husband as a very quiet individual who kept to himself and had few friends.
“He loved his games on his tablet. You would always see him on his tablet or on his phone playing,” she recalled.
She said her husband was a very reserved person.