Mother of two shot in fam­ily home

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Wayne

The in­ci­dent now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion oc­curred on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 2018. Sergeant Leozan­dre De Leon left his fam­ily at home for the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment in Cas­tries. He is the de­part­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer. He ar­rived at CID shortly be­fore 8 pm to find just one of­fi­cer at the sta­tion. It turned out to be a quiet night, so he de­cided to kill some time at the cin­ema, where he joined two friends, also cops. To­gether they watched an ac­tion movie. They had some KFC af­ter­ward, then De Leon re­turned to CID around 11.30. The duty of­fi­cer still was on his own, tak­ing down a state­ment from three in­di­vid­u­als—two women and a man—con­cern­ing what sounded like a case of piracy on the high seas.

The de­part­ment phone rang while the of­fi­cer was still en­gaged with the trio. De Leon an­swered it. An uniden­ti­fied per­son re­ported hav­ing heard gun­shots com­ing from Bev­erly Hills, in Bocage; sev­eral shots. De Leon asked the duty of­fi­cer about his other men and was told they were out on a re­port. De Leon called one of them and in­formed him about the re­ported shoot­ing. The of­fi­cer told De Leon he and his team were at Chef Harry Drive, at the Morne. He said they had heard gun­shots but could not es­tab­lish where they came from. De Leon in­structed them to go to Bev­erly Hills and in­ves­ti­gate. Then, it sud­denly hit De Leon: his own home is on Chef Harry Drive. He called his wife; sev­eral times. There was no re­sponse. Even­tu­ally he drove to his house. On ar­rival he won­dered why cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als known to him were in his drive­way.

I will not go fur­ther into who did what, or when, at this point. Suf­fice it to say that De Leon slept the rest of the night at CID. The next day, he made an of­fi­cial state­ment and at the sug­ges­tion of a fel­low of­fi­cer and friend he vol­un­tar­ily handed over his gun, for which he has a li­cense. It’s his pri­vate firearm.

He left CID around 4 pm. Sergeant Leon was never told he was a per­son of spe­cial in­ter­est or a sus­pect; he was never ar­rested or ac­cused of any crime; never asked to hand over travel doc­u­ments. Ev­i­dently the po­lice saw no cause to de­tain him.

From what I’ve been able fur­ther to es­tab­lish, De Leon has never been dis­ci­plined, or taken to the or­derly room. No one has ever ac­cused him of bad be­hav­ior, and most def­i­nitely not his wife. Con­trary to re­peated news broad­casts, there is no ev­i­dence that she ever com­plained to the po­lice that her hus­band abused her in any way.

The shock­ing state­ments by deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner Do­rian O’Brian at an early morn­ing press con­fer­ence on the day of the in­ci­dent were made, I’m re­li­ably as­sured, with­out first check­ing with the crime de­part­ment. Much of what he told re­porters seems to have been gleaned from the first Romeo & Juliet ra­dio re­port of the homi­cide early Mon­day morn­ing.

Con­trary to widely dis­sem­i­nated re­ports, De Leon was never “sent home on leave.” A let­ter signed by the deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner O’Brian, states that last Wed­nes­day De Leon ap­plied for 90 days’ va­ca­tion leave. His re­quest was granted via cor­re­spon­dence dated 6 Novem­ber 2018, and bear­ing O’Brian’s sig­na­ture. Un­til her death on Mon­day 29 Oc­to­ber, Kim­berly Wil­liam-De Leon and Sergeant Leozan­drae De Leon were hus­band and wife, the par­ents of two chil­dren age 9 and 4.

In the mean­time, De Leon re­sides at the home he once shared with his wife, now a crime scene. His kids were con­tro­ver­sially taken away from him, a sit­u­a­tion he and his lawyers in­tend soon to cor­rect.

Mother of two and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry em­ployee Kim­berly Wil­liam-De Leon was dis­cov­ered dead in her bed­room on the night of Oc­to­ber 29, 2018. An au­topsy re­port re­vealed she died from a bul­let to the head. There have been no re­lated ar­rests.

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