Today’s Editorial February 13: Help police solve crimes

It’s something no one likes to read about.

A teenage father gunned down in the same home as his two-year-old; his mother alerted to what happened because she heard the child crying, and then entering the home to find her child’s body.

A father of two killed, likely by blows to the head, put in the back of a car and the car set on fire; presumably by a person who was trying to cover up the killing.

A man quietly sitting in his yard at home shot eight times by a suspect who police believe snuck up behind him.

We at the Caymanian Compass have recently received a few complaints about the extent of the detail we have reported in stories on these killings from folks who were close to the victims.

Anyone who has lost a loved one, even through the natural course of time, knows what a terrible tragedy it is.

Those who’ve lost a family member or friend because of the heinous crimes described above can multiply that sense of loss, grief and anger by thousands.

We know reading about these events is not what family members want to do in their times of grief. Frankly, we’d prefer these incidents didn’t happen and we wouldn’t have to write about them.

But there are others in the community who need to know.

Someone is out there that knows who killed Josh Hooker, Frederic Bise and Marlon Brando Ebanks; someone who can bring these families the only sense of justice they can know in this lifetime.

Maybe someone who was with them on the nights they were killed, a witness, a friend, or someone who heard about what happened from those people and knows the details they described.

Or maybe there’s someone who is harbouring these suspects; someone who can, with good conscience, protect a killer who has taken the life of a father, son or brother even in front of their children. There could be someone who’s protecting the suspect that ended the life of a person who other human beings depended on for food and shelter, for guidance, for love.

A veteran RCIPS inspector recently said that police aren’t the ones who solve the crimes, the public does. We agree.

And to solve those crimes, the public needs information and maybe even incentives to present that information. One incentive could be the $1,000 reward Cayman Crime Stoppers offers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal suspects. Another incentive might be to know just a few of the horrible details of how these crimes happen.

It is inconceivable to us that someone could be out there, knowing what happened, possessing the key piece of information police need to help these victim’s families and yet choosing to protect a killer.

Maybe these people are afraid, fearing retribution.

Please, good people of these islands, help the police do what they need to do. Help them catch those responsible for these terrible crimes.

It’s the best thing you can do to protect this little community we all call home.

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