Police: Help us find Jeremiah’s killer

 

The
detective leading the hunt for the man who shot four-year-old Jeremiah Barnes
has asked for the drivers and passengers of two cars that were in the area of a
West Bay gas station seconds after the murder to come forward.

Royal
Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Peter Kennett confirmed Wednesday that
one of the four people arrested in the shooting has been released outright, and
another has been released on police bail. Two remain in custody.

Detectives
said more than 50 statements have now been collected from various witnesses.

“Clearly
this tragic event has deeply affected the public who are only too willing to
help,” Mr. Kennett said. “As was so eloquently put by a number of speakers at
the candlelit vigil for Jeremiah on Monday, it is time for people to stand up
against the violence in Cayman. Clearly, people have taken this message to
heart.”

Police
are asking for the public to trace the drivers and possible passengers of two
vehicles that were in the vicinity of the Hell Gas Station, Hell Road West Bay
at exactly 8pm on Monday the 15 February 2010, just seconds after the murder
was committed.

The
first vehicle was a seven to eight seat people carrier that was being driven
west in Hell Road approaching the gas station. This vehicle was forced to brake
sharply to avoid a dark grey sedan that was exiting through the eastern entrance
of the gas station turning right onto Hell
Road.

Police
said the van’s driver avoided a collision with the sedan by braking hard. This
dark grey vehicle was being driven very fast and had come from behind the station,
police said. It turned right and east onto Hell Road and sped off.

There
was also a fairly poor condition white sedan waiting in Fountain Road to turn onto Hell Road and the
driver would have seen this dark grey car.

“We
urgently need to speak to these drivers,” said Mr. Kennett. “They may have
valuable information that can assist the enquiry. If you were nearly involved
in that accident by Hell service station please get in touch now.”

Anyone
who has any information which could assist the enquiry team should contact the
murder incident room at West Bay police station either by calling the team
direct on 926-1773, or by calling the station on 949-3999 and asking to be transferred
to the enquiry team. Alternatively call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).