Police have confirmed reports by this news source that the persons responsible for killing Akwaso Francois and seriously injuring his girlfriend Eva Louis were known to them and that the incident stemmed from a fight.
Two persons are currently in police custody assisting with investigations. Francois’ death is the island’s 30th recorded homicide so far this year.
According to a police press release, “On Friday, November 15, 2013, about 8:33 p.m. police officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of an incident which occurred on Millenium Highway, Castries.
“The officers responded immediately. Upon arrival, they received information that 33-year-old Akwaso Francois, a resident of Entrepot, Castries was driving his motor car, registration number 1498, along the Millenium Highway in the direction of Castries. He was accompanied by 27-year-old Ava Louis of Monier, Gros Islet and two other male passengers known to them.
“Whilst on the motor car, an altercation occurred resulting in both Francois and Louis sustaining serious injuries. They were transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance where they were treated and admitted in critical condition. Francois subsequently succumbed to his injuries,” the police press release stated.
St. Lucia News Online understands that Francois gave the two men – considered to be friends – a ride on his way to Castries.
The cause of the altercation is not known or not yet disclosed.
meanwhile, Louis is currently in stable condition at hospital.
A friend said Louis sustained a fractured skull, broken finger, numerous bruises, among other injuries.
“Her face is really swollen and she received several blows to the head,” the friend said, adding that Louis is able to communicate and her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Louis and Francois, who would have celebrated his birthday in a week’s time, are past employees of Peter and Company.
Francois was employed at St. Jude’s Hospital in the accounts department at the time of his death.