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Police conduct investigations near the body of Keon Lawrence in Kingstown Park. on Sunday (IWN photo)
Police conduct investigations near the body of Keon Lawrence in Kingstown Park. on Sunday (IWN photo)
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Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are investigating three murders on the weekend that have brought the homicide count this year to 36, matching the existing record.

“Police can confirm that for the past 15 hours or so we have received reports of three murders,” detective Station Sergeant Trevor Bailey told reporters on Sunday in Kingstown Park, where Keon Lawrence was found dead near a riverbank.

Residents of the area, which boundaries Kingstown, said they heard shots in the community Saturday night.

Bailey told reporters that police received reports of gunshot on Sunday.

Lawrence’s body has an injury to the face, Bailey told reporters.

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“What we can say, the body has an injury, but the extent of it, we are unable to say. We await the result of a post mortem examination,” he said.

In August, Lawrence survived a gun attack in Kingstown, during which he received two gunshots to the chest and a broken arm.

Lawrence Marks.
Lawrence Marks.

Homicide detectives Saturday night responded to two calls, the first being in the interior agricultural district of Marriaqua, where the body of Lawerence Marks was found in Yambou around 7 p.m.

“His body was discovered at the side of the road with what appears to be a gunshot injury to the head,” the detective said.

Three and half hours later, Damien Bloucher, 26, died after being attacked by two men in Glen.

“It is reported that he was at the side of the road with other friends when he was attacked by two men. His body was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. On arrival, he was pronounced dead. He had what a appeared to be gunshot injuries about his body,” Bailey said.

Asked if police are working with any theories, Bailey said the investigations were still in the early stages.

“All the information that is coming to our desk is being collated, and at this point we will not confirm or deny whether we are working on any specific theories,” he said.

He further said that police “can’t say at this moment” if they suspect any link between the killings.

Damien Bloucher.
Damien Bloucher.

The detective urged citizens to resist violence.

“It has been a tragic weekend for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the message from the police, we are asking the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be more tolerant and to desist from all these gun-related offences.”

The killings come just three weeks after a peace rally in Glen, where there have been several murders since June.

It is widely rumoured that some of the killings are related to drug deal gone sour, but national security officials have not comment on this rumour beyond saying that they have heard it themselves.

Clarification:  Police had told IWN that the murder tally was now 36. However, they later said that the figure had included two manslaughter charges, which are separate and distinct from murder.

5 replies on “Three murders in 15 hours in St. Vincent (+ video)”

  1. WOE betide my beloved St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the reputed Gem of the Antilles. Seems that our precious Hairouna, the vaunted “home of the Blessed” is not any longer so blessed anymore. We sorely need to return to our historic spiritual roots, indeed.

    My deep-felt condolences to the family and other relatives of the three unfortunate gentlemen, Mr. Keon Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence Marks, and Mr. Damien Bloucher. May the Almighty sustain you all in this horrendously sad time of utter trajedy.

    May Messrs. Marks, Bloucher and Lawrence all rest in peace.

  2. Allison Chichester says:

    This news about the three murders in 15 hours really saddens me. I remember growing up in St. Vincent as a little girl attending prep school back in the late fifties and how peaceful and beautiful it was. Drugs and murders were basically unheard of, neighbors looked out for each other and protected each other. I can remember my grandmother on one occasion talking about an incident where someone had committed a crime and she stated that she knew that he was hoping the police gets to him before the community did. There was a high level of respect for the law and our government…not sure what has happened to those good old days. I believe the level of respect, love and concern that we as Vincentians had for each contributed to the peace and tranquility I once experienced. It is my sincere prayer that God would step in and save it from all the evil and corruption

  3. oh my country is getting to dangerous, please Government do something before its to late. Charge the gun laws, to 20 to life in prison. Plus the punishment show be used as a fire squard or electric shock to get this disease from SVG. I would even go as far as donate 50, 000 dollars to get a electric shock death chair.

  4. 25 years ago, there were three level of respect, police, teachers and preacher’s , because we was grounded on level of respect. Our make sure that we new authority outside the home .today there seem to be no authority at all,these are the things that are locking in our society today. Mr bailey I give you my respect we grow up together went to same school I wish the best in your fight.

  5. Batovyha Blugh-Corke says:

    Keon was my cousin I would talk to him from the states regular my cousin was robbed and murdered it really hurts justice will be served there is a god trust me his mom only child and he leaves behind a son.

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