By Steve Thomas

Observer Nevis Editor

(Basseterre, St. Kitts) – Two men have been arrested and charged with the shooting death of Mr. Shamari Williams, 24, who was wounded on the evening of July 5 and died at JNF Hospital on the following morning, July 6.

According to the Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police, Lester Tross alias “8 Ball” of New Road and Malvy Drew of Middle Island were both arrested and charged on Monday, July 14, with the murder of Mr. Williams.

Mr. Williams of New Road was shot in his head while driving his car along George Street, Newtown.

Mr. Williams was the 13th murder victim of 2008 in the Federation.

The other homicides were:

The 12th murder of the year occurred about 9:30 p.m. on July 5, when Darnel Webster, 18, of Sundown Road was shot multiple times as walked down the road. No one has been charged in the case.

The 11th murder of the year in the Federation occurred on June 11. Police went to Marion Street in Charlestown, Nevis, and found the body of Leon Hendrickson, 29, of St. Kitts, who resides at Stoney Grove, Nevis. He was walking home when he was shot.

One resident of Ramsbury said they heard about a dozen shots fired.

Police believe the murder was gang related. No one has been arrested in this case.

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The 10th murder of the year occurred in late May. According to the police, they responded to a report of gunshots being heard in Molineux on Thursday, May 22, at about 8 p.m. On arrival they found Eston Sharry, 23, alias ‘Phat’ of Phillips Road, Molineux, lying on his back in the road. He had multiple wounds to his body and was motionless. The District Medical Doctor visited the scene and pronounced him dead. There have been no arrests in this case

The ninth murder of the year was three days before that. Police are investigating the homicide which claimed the life of Chesil Fraites Richardson, 25, of Conaree Village. No one has been arrested in this case.

On Monday, May 19, at 9:21 p.m., police responded to a report of gunshots in Conaree and found the body of Mr. Richardson on its back on a bench.  He had wounds to his neck and head, the police report stated.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by the District Medical Doctor.

In the eighth murder of the year, that of Gregory Zakers, police have charged six people. They are: Moses Gardner, 22, Jomi Rawlins, 19, Clyde Norford, 25, Nelson Challengers, 18, Shenroy Francis 18 and an unnamed juvenile, 17. The six young men are from St. Paul’s Village.

Mr. Zakers’ partially nude body was found by tourists at Black Rock on April 12.  Pathologist Dr. Stephen Jones reported that Mr. Zakers died of severe traumatic head injury caused by a blunt object.

In the seventh murder of the year, charges were brought on Monday, April 7, against Lionel Warner, alias “Shaggy,” of Dieppe Bay. He was arrested and charged for the murder of Alphonso Richards, 25, alias “Bobo Hortical” of St. Pauls Village. The murder was committed on Saturday, April 5. During an altercation, Mr. Warner allegedly stabbed Mr. Richards in the abdomen. Warner subsequently surrendered himself at the Basseterre Police Station .

In the sixth homicide of 2008, Wycliffe “Wicked” Liburd was charged in the gun murder of Charles Matthew. Mr. Matthew was gunned down on Apr. 18 shortly after 11 a.m.

In the fifth homicide of the year, Bishu Issac surrendered to police on April 19 and on April 22 was charged in the murder of Tau Gowan, 26. At about 8 p.m. on April 18, 2008, police responded to a report of stabbing at the junction on Market and Central Streets, where they found Mr. Gowan dead at the scene.

The fourth and third homicides of the year occurred in March. Mr. Leon Willock, 20, of Dorset Village and Mr. Orlando Williams, 25, of Buckley’s Site were reported missing near noon on March 18. A subsequent search of their last known whereabouts led to the discovery of their bodies about 3 pm. Mr. Willock’s body was found in a marijuana patch and the body of Mr. Williams was found nearby in a ghaut According to the Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Stephen Jones conducted autopsies on the bodies on March 24. Mr. Williams died as a result of hemorrhage and shock secondary to gun shot to the head. Mr. Willock died as a result of hemorrhage and shock secondary to gun shot to the abdomen. No arrests have been made in these killings.

The second homicide of the year occurred on March 11. According to the Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police, Mr. Derrick Gumbs Jr, ,was shot about 10:50 p.m. Officers responded to a report of gunshots at Neverson Street, Newtown. They arrived on the scene and found the body of Mr. Gumbs, who had sustained gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made in this case.

The first killing of 2008 occurred on Nevis. Leon ‘Gravo’ Westerman, 28, of Low Street, Charlestown, died of multiple gunshot wounds after being transported to Alexandra Hospital, according to the Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police. They were called to the scene in downtown Charlestown just before midnight, Jan. 28. No arrests have been made in this case.