As investigations continue into the double killing last month in East End, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is offering a $20,000 reward for information from the public that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21, shots were fired “close to or around” the Wayside Bar in Fat Hogs Bay, resulting in the deaths of Kawa Cornwall, 38, of Long Bush, and Kadeem Frett, 28, of Long Look, police said in a Saturday statement announcing the award.
Another man and a boy were also injured and hospitalised following the incident, according to police.
Two Saturdays ago, the Major Crime Team made a one-week anniversary appeal for any information that can help in identifying the perpetrators or anyone connected with carrying out the double killing.
The team also released an appeal poster and made a walkthrough of the crime scene on Friday at the same time the shooting took place the previous week in hopes of gathering information from people in the area, according to the Police Information Office. The victims’ families are also assisting in these efforts, the police noted.
Two weeks ago, Police Commissioner Mark Collins also appealed for the public’s help in exposing illegal points of entry and firearms distributors. Mr. Collins said the force has confiscated more than 75 firearms over the past year.
In September, for instance, they seized a semi-automatic assault rifle, a Glock pistol and an imitation firearm while carrying out a series of search warrants on premises in Baughers Bay, Purcell Estate and Great Mountain, according to the commissioner.
Two weeks ago, in the House of Assembly, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley denounced the recent shootings, calling them “senseless, reckless, and outright despicable.”
Both victims, he added, were his cousins. The killings were the fifth and sixth fatal shootings recorded this year.