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Five Cays Mother Laments LIVE on FB: “Pay Attention to Us!”

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Dana Malcolm 

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“Why are we living like this?”

 

#TurksandCaicos, September 11, 2023 – A searing question as the Turks and Caicos Islands continues to mourn 40 people killed over the past year, thirteen of them from the community of Five Cays, now vocal resident and former TV talk show host, Paula Arthur-Rigby is calling for more from the authorities in order to stem the trend of murder of young men.

Paula, former host of ‘The Average Joe Show’, is well acquainted with the pain and trauma, she lost her son to a bout of violence in 2022.

“We are asking for help, asking desperately for help and you all are ignoring us,” she chided the Government in an emotional message via Facebook live on Saturday September 2, the anniversary of that tragic loss.

During the live which was viewed over 3,000 times, Arthur-Rigby detailed the loss of her own son in September 2022 and having to watch families across the Turks and Caicos suffer the same fate over and over.

“I buried my 20-year-old son, I put him in the ground the day before my 50th birthday.  That’s what I got for my birthday present.”

She continued in tears, “what could’ve caused this? Every other week someone is burying their young child?” I don’t care what constituency we need help.”

She demanded more of the elected leadership in terms of holding police accountable.

“Every time you hear somebody’s child lose their life you should be down the police’s no throat police trying to find out what’s going on and what are we going to do about it— not only have we lost [loved ones] but we know how this thing is working and we could still end up losing [more].”

She also criticized the Government for the stark difference between election time behavior and the current response times.

“This death, killing and pain and violence that people [are] dealing with? It ain’t gon be easy for y’all to come back blah blah blahing,” she warned.

After attempting to contact authorities for a meeting and reportedly being rebuffed, Rigby says she is not daunted and will continue to champion the country’s cause.

“You signed up for this job; do it! And we need you to do it now; there can’t be any more lingering on this.  This is an issue that needs serious attention, ASAP.”

“If I have to get on Facebook and do a press conference and call you all out every week, that is what I am going to do. I need you all to pay attention not just to Five Cays.”

 

Caption:  Paula Rigby-Arthur, Media Personality, Mother, Five Cays Resident

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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