by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On Tuesday, April 4, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis recorded its ninth homicide in four months, eight resulting from gun violence.
The Federation is averaging two homicides a month based on the current trend.
Based on the homicide cases, all except one gunshot case were young men under 35, with the youngest being 18. The other individual was a 51-year-old woman.
The homicides in 2023 so far include:
Javon Grant, 26, of Maddens Estate, Nevis. He died on January 11 in Bath Village, Nevis.
Dequan Maloney, 29, of Mc Knight, resided at Bird Rock on Friday, January 27, 2023.
On February 1, 30-year-old Sylvester Crossley of McKnight resided in HalfWay Tree.
On February 14, 51-year-old Dahlia Hanley of Lime Kiln.
Bernel Whyte, alias BJ, 32, of Fort Thomas Road, on March 27.
March 25, Jermaine Henry, 35, and Denzil Edwards, 34, both of Stapleton Village.
On April 4, 18 years old Zion Huggins of Soho Village was shot down in his yard.
On April 4, Shanquille Walters, 30 years old, of Stapleton Village, died from a stab wound.
Investigations into the most recent homicides are still ongoing.
On Friday, April 7, the Police shared with media that they had formally arrested and charged Skamalj Dickenson for the murder of Shanquille Walters, both of Stapleton, on Thursday, 6 April 2023.
Dickenson was taken before a District A Magistrate and was remanded to HM Prison.
Charges for some of the most recent of the nine homicides are still outstanding.