NEWS GRAPHIC 15Friends and family John Soo Ping Chow have been left to grieve his death. Soo Ping Chow who was being treated at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, passed away on Friday morning, four months after he sustained injuries in a blast which destroyed the popular El Pecos Restaurant outlet at the Royal Palm Hotel in Maraval.

Owner of the El Pecos chain of restaurants, Richard Camacho revealed in an interview that arrangements were being made to have Soo Ping Chow’s body brought back to Trinidad. Family members were said to have been coming into the country to await his funeral.

Soo Ping Chow was one of 11 victims who were injured in the explosion on February 4 which also destroyed neighbouring restaurants Hurry Curry and Burger King.

Reports stated that the source of the explosion lay with workers at a gas company who were filling the LPG tanks belonging to El Pecos when the incident occurred.

Port-of-Spain General Hospital plastic surgeons performed surgery on Soo Ping Chow’s face before transferring him to Jackson Memorial.

Shedine Elcock and Gregory Maicoo, two other persons who were seriously injured and warded in the High Dependency Unit at the hospital, were released less than two weeks after the incident.