A 27-year old male was found dead early Tuesday morning, the victim of Cayman’s apparent eighth homicide of the year.
The body was found lying on the ground around 8.30am at the back of Welly’s Restaurant and Bar off Sound Way in George Town. Police said the man had sustained injuries consistent with gun shot wounds.
A murder incident team led by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett has been set up at George Town police station.
‘This young man lost his life in what can only be described as a very brutal way,’ Mr. Kennett said. ‘I have to stress that we do need the help of the public as we try to piece together the last few hours and minutes of the victim’s life.’
Police would not release the name of the victim until a formal identification had taken place and his next of kin have been notified.
Apparent family members were seen weeping near the crime scene Tuesday morning.
Scenes of Crime Department technicians and detectives examined the body and surrounding area for clues, while a number of residents gathered in the area to see what was taking place.
Workers at Welly’s said they did not know anything about the incident until they turned up for work Tuesday morning when the body was discovered.
Police officers were conducting door-to-door enquiries to establish if anyone in the surrounding area had any information that could assist with the enquiry or help piece together the last movements of the deceased.
Mr. Kennett pleaded for citizens to come forward with any information they might have about the incident.
‘We have already started to gather vital information both from the forensic examination of the scene and from interviewing people who live in the surrounding area, but I would appeal to anyone who has any information, and has not already been spoken to by the police, to come forward,’ Mr. Kennett said.
‘Even if you feel the information you have is insignificant or trivial, please let us know; it might be vitally important to the enquiry.’
Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines attending the scene said there were no reports of gun shots fired last night.
Commissioner Baines also said police are working hard at getting between Cayman’s gangs, which were limited to a small amount of persons on the island.
He said the police service had some success in the past months with no major incidents taking place before this incident.
‘We need to catch who is responsible, so that people on the Island can have a sense of security,’ he said.
Anyone with information can call the murder incident room at George Town police station direct on 244-2924 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).