Dead is 20 year old Lincoln Liburd of Lime Kiln Project, in West Basseterre. According to initial reports, at about 4:20am Saturday morning, a gun man (or men) shot the young man multiple times, to various parts of the body. The incident took place at the home of the victim.
This brings the total number of homicides in St. Kitts and Nevis for the year,( 2011), to 27; equalling the record of 27 murders reached in 2009. Since Sunday 14th August, there have been 5 homicides in the country.
Though police are continuing their investigations no details have so far been disclosed.
As news of the killing spread through the federation Saturday morning, residents expressed their disgust and disappointment over the senseless slaughtering of the youth of the country.
“It would appear as though no amount of prayer, planning, legislation and conferences making a difference”, said one caller to a local radio station. Another caller asked, “where is the Prime Minister while all our children are being killed?” Prime Minister Denzil Douglas is last known to be in the United States attending various meetings at the United Nations. He has been urged to return to the country by the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Brantley, but to date this call has not been responded to.
The Minister of National Security, Sam Condor, two nights ago (Thursday), went on local television to address the nation, trying to re-assure citizens that steps are being taken to respond to the carnage.
Some members of the public have been expressing that “this is not the St. Kitts I used to know and grew up in”.