Re­cent Homi­cides Have City Shaken

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Af­ter three months of zero homi­cides in Saint Lu­cia, the peace was bro­ken, iron­i­cally over Easter which is sup­posed to be a holy week­end for Chris­tians the world over. On Glo­ri­ous Satur­day, April 4, the first shoot­ing in­ci­dent for the year oc­curred at about 11:30 p.m. near the Courts build­ing in Cas­tries. Dead as a re­sult is a male in­di­vid­ual known as An­thony Har­ris of no known ad­dress.

The in­di­vid­ual ap­peared to have suf­fered gun­shot wounds to the neck and up­per body and also dis­played no vi­tal signs on the scene. It has since been re­ported that the home­less man got hit by a bul­let in­tended for some­one else.

Then on Easter Sun­day April 5 at about 1:30 a.m. of­fi­cers of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment, (CID) re­sponded to a re­port of a shoot­ing in­ci­dent in Monkey Town, Ciceron, Cas­tries.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions of this mat­ter have re­vealed that 27 year old Oran Charles, also known as “Wong” of Ciceron ap­peared to have suf­fered gun­shot wounds in the re­gion of the head and up­per body. The vic­tim also demon­strated no vi­tal signs. Oran Charles was trans­ported to the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead.

A third homi­cide oc­curred on Tues­day April 7 in Cas­tries, close to Les­lie Land and Grass Street. Dead as a re­sult is Asher Em­manuel, aka BJ, for­mer co­or­di­na­tor of the Wil­ton’s Yard Af­ter-School Pro­gramme. Em­manuel, 48, is the hus­band of Cherly Clarke, a well-known Wil­ton’s Yard res­i­dent.

Then on Thurs­day, April 9 at about 8:30 a.m. a re­port of a shoot­ing in­ci­dent on Chaussee Road, Cas­tries was re­ceived by the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment.

In re­sponse to the re­port, of­fi­cers found the life­less body of 43 year old James Alexander Nel­son of Cal­vary Road, Cas­tries lay­ing on a side­walk on Chaussee Road. Nel­son had sus­tained mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds to the body.

Th­ese lat­est in­ci­dents have sparked both out­rage and fear by cit­i­zens par­tic­u­larly those living in Cas­tries and its en­vi­rons. The ef­fi­cacy of the po­lice as well as CCTV cam­eras in the city have also been brought into ques­tion.

Asher Em­manuel, aka BJ, was the is­land’s third

homi­cide vic­tim this year.

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