3 DAYS – 3 MURDERS 2 WANTED By Lesroy W. Williams Observer Reporter
(Basseterre, St. Kitts)–The bloodletting continued in St. Kitts, much to the chagrin of many, when three men were murdered in two separate incidents in three days by armed assailants. All of the murders were committed using motor cars in what seems to be the new style and method employed by trigger-happy gang members. Collin Izum Matthew, 46, died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds in broad daylight on March 2. Police investigations reveal that Mr. Matthew was driving a car with a rental number plate along Catherine Julius Street in Newtown at about 2:30 pm on March 2, when he was fired upon by persons or a person in another car. Mr. Matthew received multiple gunshot injuries and was taken to the J.N.F. Hospital where he died at 5:20 pm on that same day while receiving treatment. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. No suspect is in custody and investigations are ongoing. Less than 48 hours later, Kwesi Twells, 20, of Manchester Avenue, Newtown and Akimba Whyte, 19, of Cardin Avenue, were gunned down on March 4 in Haynes Smith Village on the Infirmary Road in the vicinity of Rasco Tec shop about 1:15 pm by masked men, who then made good their escape in an unidentified motor car, the Police say. They received multiple gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at the scene by the district medical doctor, Dr. Reginald O”Loughlin. No suspects are in custody for these murders. However, the Police have named three men who are wanted for questioning with the recent murders. They are Denzil “Para”Williams, Sheldon “Sword”Cannonier and Bernard Berry. “These individuals are armed and considered dangerous, and should not be approached by members of the public,’the police statement said. The Police are appealing to persons knowing the whereabouts of these individuals to call the Criminal Investigation Department at telephone number 465-2241 ext. 220, 230 or 236. Persons with information on these murders can also call the Police emergency number 911 or the National Joint Headquarters at 466-9279 ext. 246. A reward of $10, 000.00 will be given for information leading to an arrest and prosecution. The murder of Matthew, Twelves and Whyte follows sharply on the heels of 18 year old Jusan Hendricks, who died after he was shot multiple times by an armed assailant at Fort Thomas Road in Irish Town on February 24. The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has recorded seven murders for the year. Up to the same time last year, there was only one murder. No one has been charged in the seven murders for this year.