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    Shooting victim Kemar Golding’s employers are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the men who shot him in an apparent attempted robbery last week. 

    Mr. Golding was shot in the face by a masked gunman who, along with two other masked men attempted to rob a jerk stand in Red Bay late Wednesday night, 29 June. 

    The victim, who is an assistant brewer at the Cayman Islands Brewery, has lost his left eye and is recovering in hospital from the shooting. 

    Matthew Leslie of Cayman Islands Brewery said he was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men. 

    He said in an email circulating Friday: “As many of you know, one of our employees was senselessly shot in the head during a robbery that took place [Wednesday] night. 

    “Kemar has worked with the company for the past five years as an assistant brewer and was an innocent bystander getting food when one of the robbers told the other one ‘put one in that one’.” 

    He added: “I am putting this out here – a $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can come forward and assist the police in catching these guys. This is nothing compared to the value of Kemar’s life, but I hope this encourages someone to help,” he said. 

    Police have classified the shooting of Mr. Golding as a case of attempted murder. 

    At a news briefing on Thursday, Detective Superintendent Marlon Bodden described how three masked men confronted Mr. Golding and his friend behind the jerk stand near the Lighthouse School as the two men were putting out garbage from the stall. When they told the trio they had no money, one of the masked men told the gunman “Let him have one” and the armed man immediately shot Mr. Golding in the face. 

     

    Fundraiser 

    To raise money for Mr. Golding, the Cayman Islands Brewery is holding an event on Saturday, 9 July, to which it is inviting people to donate money for the shooting victim and his family. 

    A public invitation to the fundraiser at the brewery on Facebook reads: “On Wednesday night June 29th, 2011, Kemar Golding, the assistant brewer at The Cayman Islands Brewery (Caybrew) was shot in the head in a senseless act during a robbery attempt. The cost…coupled with his family being assisted during this time, especially his young daughter, has touched the lives of many and outraged this community.” 

    Between 9am and 6pm on Saturday, the brewery is inviting the public to visit the brewery and “show your love and support for Kemar”.  

    The invitation continued: “We will be giving away free beer all day to everyone who comes and will have food available as well. There is no cost for this. Yes, it is free. But we ask that you make a donation, no matter what the amount, to the drop box to help assist Kemar and his family.  

    “Over the last four and a half years, Kemar has been a part of bringing the Cayman Islands the best beer possible. Now we ask for you to return that favour by showing the best of humanity and love and come and show your support.” 

    As of Sunday, no arrests had been made in the case and Mr. Golding remained in stable condition at the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

     

    Anyone with information about the shooting should call a confidential police hotline 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS). 

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    Kemar Golding’s employer is offering a $5,000 reward to help catch the men who shot him in the head. – PHOTO: FILE

    1 COMMENT

    1. It is a tragedy what happened to this humble, helpful and dedicated young man and the Cayman Islands would be a better place if more men with character would live on the islands!
      I sincerely hope that Immigration/ Government is decent enough to ensure that after Cayman took one of his eyes they are not also taking his job by rolling him over! After benefiting from his work for many years but failing to protect him from harm the Government should grant him residency immediately in order to ensure that he can continue doing his excellent work at the Cayman Islands Brewery where he truly is a key employee!

    2. Here we again!!! Another senseless attempted murder by two masked armed thugs who opened fire on an innocent man going about is own business and not putting up any resistance. The victim has lost one eye as a result.

      Like myself, just about everyone is totally sick and tired of reading about gun crimes on the island. I sincerely hope that the 5,000 reward offered, which is an excellent idea, will lead to the capture and conviction of those two hoodlums who have no regard whatsoever for human life.

      Geoff Daniels

    3. Hmmmnnn…

      There is a common name that keeps appearing in gun murders and shootings since the murder of Carlo Webster in Next Level nightclub back in Sept. 2010…

      Incidents linking the murder of Alrick Peddie, a security guard and now…

      A shooting of an employee of a brewery firm…

      Again the same individual’s name appearing…

      Maybe the RCIPS need to look back to Sept. 2010 for some of its answers.

      Like the old Caribbean saying goes, ‘u can’t catch paddie, u catch ‘im shut’, traslation being, ‘if you can’t catch the person you’re after, you catch those close to them’.

      And some people have very long memories.

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