By MERRICK ANDREWS, Staff Reporter
(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia recorded its 26th homicide for 2020 in Monchy, Gros Islet on Monday, July 20 with the shooting death of a female senior citizen.
Of the 26 homicides, two were police shootings.
These statistics were revealed by Press Officer for the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, Corporal Ann Joseph, at a press conference held on Tuesday, July 21.
In comparison, Saint Lucia recorded 51 homicides in 2019, 44 in 2018, and 60 in 2017.
Joseph further disclosed that the homicides are being solved at a rate of 50 percent.
The latest homicides
Police said 57-year-old taxi driver in the Rodney Bay, Gros Islet area, Cecilia Louis, popularly known as ‘Miss Daphne’, was shot dead in Monchy, Gros Islet on Monday, July 20. Residents reported hearing multiple explosions minutes after 7 p.m.
Police are alo investigating a double homicide that occurred in Sarrot on the night of July 13. Dexter Felix Jr., 24, also known as ‘Dry Bonez’ and Francis Altenor, 20, also known as ‘Tiny’ were shot at a residence, according to police. Two male individuals are in police custody but have not been charged, Joseph said.
On July 12, at about 10 p.m., Anela Wilson, a 22-year-old resident of Marchand, Castries, was gunned down at Pigeon Point Beach in Gros Islet during a social gathering. Her male companion was also shot but survived. Marchand resident Ramah Williams has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with this shooting.