UPDATE: Tourist was in St. Lucia researching his ancestral history when killedMERRICK ANDREWS, SNO Editor - Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 5:19 PM
Colin Peter, the 75-year-old Canadian tourist who this week died from injuries sustained during a robbery on Vigie beach, was in St. Lucia gathering information on his ancestor, William Peter, after whom the William Peter Boulevard in Castries is named.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony in a statement this morning in which he expressed condolences to Collin’s family and friends.
Calling the “death of the descendant of deceased William Peter” an “extremely tragic one”, Prime Minister Anthony said “William Peter was a son of our soil for all intents and purposes. His family is our family. Mr. Peter was gathering information on his relatives to further document the relationship he had with St. Lucia”.
Dr. Anthony vowed to bring the killer/s to justice.
“This tragic event will not go unpunished. I have already been in contact with the authorities here to ensure that everything we can do is being done to bring to justice the perpetrator of this crime,” he said.
Police said Colin Peter died at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 19.
According to a police press release, Colin and his wife Gwenthe Peter were “robbed of their valuables” on a beach in the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 15 while vacationing at a hotel. The police did not release the name of the hotel, but described it as “well-known”.
Police further reported that Colin was hit with an object and lost consciousness. He was transported via ambulance to Victoria Hospital where he was admitted. He died five days later.
Reports are that Colin was hit on the head with a piece of wood.
This is the fourth homicide in just over a week.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, in the wee hours of the morning, the mutilated body of 31-year-old Howard McGarvey Pascal of Bois d’ Orange, Gros Islet, was discovered on the Corinth play field adjacent the Corinth Secondary School.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, a double shooting in Maynard Hill left a 16-year-old dead and his best friend, also 16, nursing a gunshot wound. Both are students of George Charles Secondary School.
Two days later, on Monday, November 12, 48-year-old Francis Mathurin of Petit Bough in Anse-La-Raye was stabbed to death in the community. A man of unsound mind was held for questioning.
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