While the races were going on at St. James Race Track Sunday, police responded to a homicide at Cottle Long Path around 8:30 p.m. and discovered the body of 30-year-old Tayan ‘Mackabee’ Wilkin from Newcastle, Nevis. The deceased reportedly had brushes with police in the past. However, there was no indication on why Mr. Wilkin was shot or who was the gunman. Police asked anyone with information to contact any police station or Crime Stoppers. All information given will remain confidential and the giver of the information may be entitled to a reward. Attempts by The Observer to get a family member to comment on the shooting were unsuccessful, with one family member saying, ‘The cut is still too fresh.’ Mr. Wilkin was one of three victims of a shooting incident Dec. 9, 2007 in the vicinity of the Spotlight Nightclub in Bath Village. He received a gunshot wound to the right side of his body. In another incident that occurred March 2, 2010, Wilkin and Leon Didder were charged with two counts each of wounding with intent to commit murder of Jermaine ‘Chalice’ Freeman of Rawlins Village and Travis ‘Gangster Fat’ Hanley of Halfway Tree at the Zion Old School Night Spot in Zion Village, Nevis. On Nov. 16, 2010, Wilkin and another male were accused of breaking into a home and robbing a couple of money and jewelry at gunpoint. A charge of armed robbery was added five days later. After being held behind bars, Wilkin was released on Oct. 23, 2012 and the armed robbery charge was eventually dropped. Although police are not releasing any information on Sunday’s shooting, The Observer learned that one person is apparently in police custody assisting police officers the murder investigation. According to this newspaper’s information, the person in custody had been involved in an altercation with Wilkin at St. James Race Track earlier that day. While details are still sketchy, Wilkin was allegedly found lying inside a vehicle and unresponsive. He had reportedly been shot in the head. Police are still investigating the matter and anyone with any information pertaining to the homicide is urged to call the Violent Crime Unit at 469-5392 ext. 27, the nearest Police Station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477. The death marks the ninth murder in Nevis following the unsolved homicide of Antonio ‘Dollar’ Hutton earlier this year, bringing the total number of murders in the Federation to 21 for the year 2013.