Royal Cayman Islands Police announced Saturday that they had
filed a murder charge against a West Bay man in connection with the shooting
death of four-year-old Jeremiah Barnes.
The man charged in the case, 24-year-old Devon Anglin, was
one of two people arrested the night Jeremiah was killed.
He is due to appear in court Monday, according to police.
Anglin was arrested just hours after the child was shot in
the face inside his father’s car. The shooting occurred around 8pm on 15
February at the Hell Esso gas station.
Police said two men came from behind the station’s
convenience store and that one of the suspects appeared to fire three to four
shots into the car. Witnesses said both men then got into a vehicle parked
behind the store and sped off.
RCIPS investigators said they believed that a member of the
Barnes’ family was targeted in the shooting. They did not specify whom.
The little boy was being laid to rest at a funeral service
in George Town Saturday afternoon. RCIPS representatives said they were pleased
they could announce news of the criminal charge and offer at least some crumb of comfort
to the grieving Barnes and Ebanks families.
“Of course, nothing is ever going to bring this innocent child back and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” Police Commissioner David Baines said Saturday.
Since the shooting, a massive police presence has been evident
on the streets of Grand Cayman. Commissioner Baines said certain
“non-essential” duties within the service had been discontinued so more
officers could be put on street patrols or assigned to investigate the
Jeremiah’s killing was the second to occur in Cayman so far
The first homicide, involving 32-year-old warehouse manager
Courtney Spence, also appeared to be a case where the shooter laid in wait to
ambush the victim.
No charges have been filed in connection with that incident.