UPDATE: Tourist was in St. Lucia researching his ancestral history when killed

UPDATE: Tourist was in St. Lucia researching his ancestral history when killed
Colin Peter (inset) of photo showing the William Peter Boulevard in Castries. * Photo credit: The Voice.
Colin Peter (inset) of photo showing the William Peter Boulevard in Castries. * Photo credit: The Voice.

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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  1. Four murders in one week, all tragic, but this one outstanding because for every tourist who gets killed, the industry suffers a thousand fold. I am also saddened that those news items are all over facebook and youtube,we cannot run away from the world of instant information but I feel nauseous every time I see those items. Today is a very sad day.


  2. What a sad twist to something so tragic. This single case raises so many different issues. Is the government doing enough to protect citizens and visitors? Is the criminal justice system fit for purpose? Is our healthcare system at the standard it should be?

    I am saddened by the growing senseless crimes in tiny St Lucia. Something is obviously not working......


  3. The saddest part is that he was just trying to find his way back to his roots but then lost his very life ;(. It is rather tragic and yet mysterious as it seems that he has completed the circle...I just don't know what to make of it. I am wishing and sending peace and love to his family in this trying times.

    We need to shed more light in this world in order to dispel the shadows around us. We used to be more peaceful 🙁


  4. Such rubbish happening on our island. And these criminals have relatives who work in the tourism sector, earning an honest living yet they go out there and target the the very people who put bread in the mouths of our children. It's time we St. Lucians take pride in our island. All that nonsense need to STOP!!!


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