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BVI’s first murder victim for 2020 remembered as a loving community man

The territory’s first murder victim for 2020 has been described by many as a devoted and loving family man whose death will have a lasting impact within his Sixth District community.

Following confirmation by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) that last night’s murder victim was George ‘Shawala’ Burrows of Purcell Estate on Tortola, friends and persons who knew the deceased took to social media to pen their condolences.

District Representative Alvera Maduro-Caines said she was deeply disheartened to hear of the shocking incident which was as a result of gun violence.

“This is not what I expected tonight (Wednesday). It is not what I expect to hear on any night. It’s not what I expect to hear in my community. It is not what I expect to hear in our territory. As we fight one plague, violence should not plague us as well,” the district represenative said.

“During these difficult times, it’s customary that everyone eulogizes a fallen soldier remarking him as kind, devoted, never hurting anyone, not being in strife with anyone, and in this case ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE,” she stressed.

Full of life and a friend to all

Maduro-Caines also described Burrows as a man who was full of life and known to be a community friend.

Burrows was known to many as the brother of popular local businessman, ‘Panchie’, but Maduro-Caines said he was much more than that.

“His loss will leave a great void especially to his children who stood by his side as they buried their mother a few years ago and now they are fatherless too. This is the kind of hurt that resounds throughout our community tonight and will not soon leave our hearts and minds,” she stated.

Outpour of condolences

A number of other persons also shared similar sentiments to the legislator.

Tripple Matthews, who is a former work colleague of Burrows, said she referred to him as ‘Uncle George’ over the years.

“Such a sweet person working with you at the airport there was never a dull moment being around you … To his family, keep the faith, strength and courage. I pray for so we can face another day,” she stated.

Long-time friend Craig Donovan recounted the last time he saw Burrows and said he will truly miss his friend.

“Rest In peace, Shawala … I saw you going to work just a few days ago. This is a great loss. We became cool when I worked airport and we remained cool after that. You’ll be missed greatly, homey,” he said.

The RVIPF said on Thursday that investigations are ongoing into the matter and asked anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward.

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  1. Don’t get it says:

    Those four that was in the house at the time knows something, one of them let the killer in or left the door unlock for the killer to enter. Do you think anyone who knows that danger was upon them would go in their room and go to sleep? One of those four or all four that was in the house was paid to set the man up. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LET IN YOUR HOME AND TRUST NO ONE.THE ONES CLOSEST TO YOU IS THE SNAKES THAT IS PLOTTING ON YOU. Never let anyone know where you lay your head at nights.

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    • @ Don’t Get It says:

      Their amateur plan would get them caught.

      How this killer know he was sleeping?

      Do an autopsy and make sure he wasn’t intentionally given something to fall asleep or the killer and his accomplice knew what time he goes to bed.

      Police get everyone out that house and make it a full crime scene.

      It’s the people with a good heart who the wicked team up to go after then play innocent.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Boy u good how u can say that u was their or u leave the door open .Dom Dom this is tola our door always open Father God alone no what happen shut your mouth an mind your a**

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  2. Insurance Policy says:

    Who could have benefitted?

  3. Local girl says:

    Somebody know something

  4. Of course says:

    Someone or more knows exactly what happened.

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  5. BVISLANDER says:

    First murder victim for 2020? So wait really you guys wanna say that the Jamaican guy died of natural causes? So he wasn’t murdered? Well well well, if he was murdered, VIP is not in power and the Territory is Covid free.

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  6. Condolencia says:

    En verdad en lo poco tiempo que tengo en la isla y en lo momento que tenía la manera de verlo y saludarlos siempre en
    su labiotenía una sonrisa.
    Pero en la vida nadie está preparado para ver o recibir noticias de esa naturaleza.
    Espero que el culpable sea arrestado y pague por sus echo.
    El aura en la zona no es ni será jamás la misma y espero que de esta tragedia se tomen decisiones para poder controlar en esta pequeña isla de apena 34,000 habitantes.
    El gobierno debe poner énfasis en los jóvenes que no trabajan ni estudian ya que siempre e dicho que una mente vaga siempre arojaran pensamientos negativos.
    A Dios que le pro es fuerza que la necesitaran ya que a sido una pérdida muy grande para las familias.

  7. Rasville says:

    You will be greatly miss in Rasville Shawala.Gwan sleep tight,Sad day for the killer.

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  8. Praying for the BVI says:

    I pray for this territory tortola BVI,I pray God’s protection over each and every one lives and for the families that is grieving for their loved ones, may God comfort them in this time of bereavement.
    May God continue to bless and protect us all.

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  9. YOUR GUILTY CONSCIENCE WILL TELL ON YOU says:

    Murderer, blood is on your shoulder….
    Murderer, your inside must be hollow
    How does it feel to take the life of another?

    You can hide from man but not your conscience
    You eat the bread of sorrow drink the wine of violence
    Allow yourself to be conquered by the serpent
    Why you disobey the first commandment?

    Drinking sulphur bitters won’t bitter like your end
    Only God can help you, no family nor friend
    Don’t let the curse be upon your children’s children

    Murderer, blood is on your shoulder….
    Murderer, your inside must be hollow
    How does it feel to take the life?

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    • Not only says:

      Murderers … applies to all wicked people. All wicked people take the life of another in one way shape or form and allow themselves to be conquered by the serpent.

      The first commandment is to live the Lord thy God with all thy heart soul strength and mind.

      Wicked Man, blood is on your shoulder….
      Wicked Man, your inside must be hollow
      How does it feel to take the life of another?

      You can hide from man but not your conscience
      You eat the bread of sorrow drink the wine of violence
      Allow yourself to be conquered by the serpent
      Why you disobey the first commandment?

      Drinking sulphur bitters won’t bitter like your end
      Only God can help you, no family nor friend
      Don’t let the curse be upon your children’s children

      Wicked Man, blood is on your shoulder….
      Wicked 👨, your inside must be hollow
      How does it feel to take the life?

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  10. Anonymous says:

    JUDGE NOT
    But i do belivered someone in that house is involed because i look fishy mankind heart is very wicked but the
    re is a God he do not slumber nor sleep he will exposed the murders them sooner than they expect Rip in peace AkA shawalah

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  11. I’m keeping it real, GANG INTEL says:

    The people in the house let the killer in the house. The d******r BIG ?????? Mark. Also, if you see someone WITH ONE OR MORE BLACK TEAR DROP TATTOO UNDER THEIR EYE, they killed someone. Pay close attention and watch anyone be it Man or Woman with a black tear drop TATTOOED UNDER THEIR EYE.

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  12. Coward says:

    What kind of a coward does it take to shoot a man in the head when he’s sleeping? No warning or chance to defend himself. Low life scum!

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Miss curious
    I agreed with the person who said someone in that house knows something they are wicked but soon or later them all will be exposed because God does notslumber nor sleep Rip in peace Aka shawala you will be missed from a good old friend also condolences to his brother panchie and the rest of the family.

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  14. Neighbor says:

    wasn’t he in a fight earlier?

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