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Murder rate reaches 10; highest in nearly a decade

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The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has confirmed that two persons, including a minor, were murdered last night, November 22.

Their names have not yet been released but their deaths bring the territory’s murder tally to 10 since the start of the year.

The BVI has never had this many murders in nearly a decade.

Police Information Officer Diane Drayton confirmed BVI News’ previous publication that the double-homicide was gun-related.

She said: “Police can confirm a shooting incident last night in the West End area that has left two persons including a minor dead. Further information will be provided later today.”

Usually-credible sources had told our news centre that around 10pm yesterday, the two victims – a man and a girl – were travelling in the West End area with a woman when assailants rode up beside their vehicle on a motor scooter.

Sources further told BVI News that the gunmen began shooting at the vehicle.

The three were brought to Peebles Hospital where the man and child were pronounced dead.

The woman also sustained gunshot injuries and is still hospitalized.

It is said that the medical facility was placed on lockdown after the shooting.

More to come as this story develops.

In the meantime, the other eight people murdered in the British Virgin Islands since the start of the year are: David ‘Mooney’ Springette, Alston Penn, Franklyn Fahie, Jefferson Joseph, Ashburn Dawson, Shaun Richards, Sherika Nelson, and Julio Pineda Ceasar.

Since the year 2008 when nine people were murdered locally, the murder rate had not passed four in any given year.

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