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Youth Day marred by Murder in Grand Turk

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 4, 2023 – Residents have been left heartbroken after tragedy struck this weekend as what was supposed to be a celebration of youth turned into a murder scene leaving 21-year-old Sevano Wilson Jr
dead; questions are now raised about the lack of police presence at the gathering held on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk.

Officers are expected to be stationed at large events as a deterrent to misbehavior and in order to swiftly respond in case of any outbreak of violence.  Instead, the TCI Police had to react to the melee, which was caught on cell phone video.  The video showed nearly four minutes of chaos, screaming, yelling, shouting and cursing as the fight ballooned out of control; Wilson,
according to some killed at the scene. Police arrived when it was too late, crucial minutes lost because they were not stationed at the event.

In their report, Police confirm their absence when they say they were called around 8:41 to Governors Beach on reports of a stabbing. Wilson was rushed to hospital but died while undergoing treatment. The Police did not comment on the circumstances behind the incident or indicate whether a suspect was in custody.

Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor, in a joint statement with Washington Misick, TCI Premier, is describing the violent altercation as merciless.

“Addressing these matters as a community must be our priority. We are gravely concerned by and strongly condemn the merciless taking of life. Reckless actions can lead to irreversible consequences,” The Governor said in a joint September 30th press release with the Premier’s Office, a day after the deadly incident.

It marks the 15th murder of the year and one of the youngest victims  to be lost to violence in the country in 2023.  It is the second murder for Grand Turk this year; both men were stabbed to death.

This latest homicide has left many Turks and Caicos residents in a state of shock and mourning yet again.  It is an emotional mix fanned by feelings that such a young person was brutally killed on National Youth Day holiday, the day set aside to celebrate younger generations but also the family from which the young man hails and the new eruption of anger this killing revives in the small community.

Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education and Youth who had led an otherwise successful week of youth events before the tragedy said, “The death of this young man has left my Ministry, members of the youth day planning committees and I completely shaken with shock and sadness. Many families have suffered loss of some kind with this incident. The lives of many young people have been impacted; those who may have witnessed the incident and now are traumatized, those who may have participated and now must face the consequences of their actions.”

She has encouraged Turks and Caicos Islanders not to grow weary in encouraging and praying for youth locally.

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More than 300 murders in Jamaica since 2024

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Rashaed Esson

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Jamaica has recorded 311 murders since the start of 2024 as of April 13, across the 19 police divisions according to the latest crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. However, despite the amount of murders, this is a decrease of 14 percent compared to the same time last year.

The divisions with the highest murder counts are: St James with 41, St. Catherine South, 29; Westmoreland, 28; St. Andrew South, 25; St. Ann, 21; and Clarendon, 21. Portland has the lowest with 2 murders.

Additionally, Rapes have declined by 37 percent and break-ins by six per cent.

Meanwhile, shootings have increased by three per cent and robberies one per cent, compared to the same time last year.

 

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Aggravated Burglary

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#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – The recent aggravated robbery targeting a five-member household is undoubtedly distressing for both the victims and the community at large.

Superintendent (Division A) Willet Harvey said, “Around 11:21 pm yesterday (April 14th) evening, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked males, three of whom were armed, entered a residence at New Subdivision, Grand Turk, and proceeded to rob the occupants.

The armed suspects managed to flee the scene on foot and escaped.

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches and interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time.

“The incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and proactively safeguarding homes and families. I advise people to enhance their home security by locking doors and windows when inside, investing in a CCTV system, and ensuring adequate outdoor lighting. Should you have any information on this burglary or illegal activities in Grand Turk, please call 946-2299. ”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information.

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#TrinidadandTobago, April 15, 2024 – Heinous crimes continue to plague the Caribbean region, the latest the beheading of a four year old girl in Trinidad on Tuesday April 9, leaving a deep sense of shock and sadness over her town, Fifth Street, Five Rivers, Arouca in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago.

The little girl whose life was severely cut short is identified as Amarah Lallitte and her killer is reportedly her step-father.

Reports are saying he killed her between 10 pm Monday and Midnight Tuesday.  Her mother Tricia Villaruel, 41, who filed a domestic disturbance report, expressed deep grief and disbelief at the fact that the stepfather, 39, would hurt her.

Villaruel reports the events before her daughter was killed.  She recalls the stepfather acting strange which she said is unlike him.  She expressed that he was acting like he was schizophrenic, as if “he was a different person, and different personalities were talking to me that night.”

She said she left to get help from the police out of fear that he would harm her and going she tried to bring Amarah, who she highlights wasn’t coming.

“but she not coming.  She was laughing like she thought we were playing so I had no choice.”

Following the mother’s report to the police, they went back to the house to find it locked up and in darkness.  The officers called for the stepfather who came out calm with no blood on him.  Villaruel was then told to get her daughter.  It was at this time that she was found dead by her mother who screamed at the sight of her daughter’s headless body.

Her head was reportedly stashed in a barrel at the back of the house and her body in another room.

At the sight of the decapitated four year old, some officers were moved to tears according to Richard Smith, Senior Superintendent of Police, in reports.

In fact he says they may need counseling from the Victim and Support Unit and they were deeply affected, as would any human being.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the station for questioning.

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