I'm reading an article in the NYT and it has the next sentence:
A few victims had been assigned local detectives who asked them to send along any relevant information, and the women now shared what they had.
I cannot understand the use of the Past Perfect tense here, as far as I know it is used when one is talking about an action which happened before a particular moment in the past. And with this knowledge I'm making no hand of the meaning of the sentence.
I have two ideas of what it might mean:
- A few victims were assigned local detectives
- A few victims had been assigned by/to local detectives
Could anyone help me to understand the sentence?
Thank you very much.