Royal Cayman Islands Police filed a
murder charge Saturday 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
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 laid to rest at
a funeral service in George Town Saturday afternoon.
Throngs of mourners, many wearing
white shirts emblazoned with Jeremiah’s photograph, attended the emotional
service which included moving tributes from the boy’s family, friends and
teachers. A police escort then led the funeral procession to the interment at
West Bay cemetery.
RCIPS representatives said they
were pleased they could announce news of the criminal charge and offer at least
some comfort to the grieving Barnes and Ebanks families.
Since the shooting, a massive
police presence has been evident on the streets of Grand Cayman. Police
Commissioner David 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 homicide.
Jeremiah’s killing was the second
to occur in Cayman so far this year.
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.