Wed­nes­day Mur­der Ram­page

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’Donoghue-Holder

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­leged op­er­a­tions of Verna Augustin, be­lieved to have been a mem­ber of “the Grave­yard crew,” have come to an abrupt halt fol­low­ing her death this week. Augustin, 24, a res­i­dent of Wil­ton’s Yard in Cas­tries, was fa­tally shot on Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to sources in the Na­tional Se­cu­rity min­istry, “the po­lice were pre­par­ing to ex­e­cute a search of her premises the very morn­ing she was killed.”

The sus­pi­cion was that the de­ceased had been “the ring leader in a num­ber of Cas­tries bur­glar­ies.” Our sources also cited a break-in at the Bay­walk Mall that yielded some $25,000. Re­li­able sources told the STAR that po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that Augustin’s death re­sulted from a gang-re­lated feud. Re­port­edly, she lost a brother in a sim­i­lar feud some years ago. An­other brother is cur­rently serv­ing time in a Mar­tinique prison. Augustin’s death brings to 26 the num­ber of homi­cides so far this year.

Also on Wed­nes­day the body of Ur­ban Charleston Kan­gal was dis­cov­ered in Dug­gard, Mi­coud. He had suf­fered sev­eral wounds to his arm and legs. At press time cause of death had not been of­fi­cially an­nounced. How­ever, au­thor­i­ties have in­di­cated a male in­di­vid­ual is cur­rently in cus­tody as­sist­ing with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Also fa­tally shot on Wed­nes­day was 25-year-old Christo­pher Wil­liams of Bisee. There have been no re­lated ar­rests.

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