These two young men, who were closely attached since childhood, tragically lost their lives at the Frigate Bay Strip in the wee hours of Saturday, 12th July, 2014 and were buried side-by-side following a double Homegoing Service at the Ebenezer Methodist Church in Middle Island.
Prior to internment, the bodies of the two friends were placed for viewing in front of and on both sides of the altar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Among those in attendance at the Service were the Minister of Sport and Parliamentary Representative of Constituency Number Four, Glen Phillip; People’s Action Movement candidate for Constituency Number Four Lindsay Grant; and a contingent from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force led by Commissioner Celvin Walwyn.
Apart from family members, many were moved to tears during the paying of Tributes and especially when the Officiating Minister, the Rev. Alberic Rohan, delivered the Message.
Speaking with this media house, many Old Road residents described Francis and Hendrickson as “two very friendly young men who were always seen together and many persons who did not know their background had on numerous occasions mistook them for brothers”.
This media house also learned that both of them were past students of the Tyrell Williams Primary and Verchild’s High Schools and were also fishermen operating out of the Old Road Fisheries Complex.
One young lady, who claimed to have attended Verchild’s High School together with Francis, described him as “a quiet-nature person whose academic standards were fair”.
Another young lady stated that “Tavis and his good friend Rajeev were jovial, hard-working young men who would hardly leave Old Road to go anywhere to party. They would party right here in Old Road…drink their beers and always had a kind word to even the smallest child. I never knew them to be going to The Strip to party and I was shocked that Saturday morning when I got the news of their death. Even now I just can’t believe that they are dead”.
This media house was also told that on Friday evening (11th July), Hendrickson (19) and Francis (21) were seen partying at Potential Bar on Cayon Street, Basseterre and later at one of the beach bars on the Frigate bay Strip.
Left to mourn Tavis Anthony Francis’ passing are his mother Victorine Joseph; his father Lennox Francis of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force; grandparents Valarie Joseph and Cephus Freeman; sisters Lotoy Joseph, Ashade Francis and Shariffa Francis, six uncles; 10 aunts; three nieces and one nephew; among others.
And in his passing, Glendale Rajeev Hendrickson has left to mourn his mother Ionie Hendrickson; his father Glenfield Dorsett; brothers Bruce and John Penny, and Triscan and Danyatta Hendrickson; sisters Neysa Tyson, Paulette Penny, Shaylyn Penny, Sharlian Hendrickson, Glenisha Hendrickson and Sistafa Hendrickson; eight uncles; eight aunts; six nephews and five nieces; among others.
Sometime after 3:00 a.m. while on the beach at The Strip, Francis, Hendrickson and Cecil Charles, whose address was given as Monkey Hill, St. Peters, were shot to death and four individuals were reportedly injured.
Speaking today with this media house, Police Press and Public Relations Officer Inspector Lyndon David said investigations are ongoing and that “no stone will be left unturned as investigators are working assiduously to solve this heinous crime”.
He also said the police are appealing to any member of the public who may have information pertaining to this incident to contact the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) at (869) 662-9336 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.