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$100K reward for info into murder of Trinity A. Moses & Franklyn E. Penn

- Police suspect fatal shootings were a case of mistaken identity
Franklin E. Penn Jr (left) and Trinity A. Thomas (right) were killed when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle at West End, Tortola on November 22, 2017. Police suspect the killings were a case of mistaken identity. Photo: VINO/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It is going to six months on May 22, 2018 since the murders of Trinity A. Moses and Franklyn E. Penn Jr and Police are no closer to determining the motive behind this brutal and deadly attack.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Major Crime Team is, however, hopeful that the $100,000 reward just approved by National Security Council will encourage persons to come forward with the needed information to link the perpetrators to the victims since the public continues to remain silent on the matter.

Lead Detective Inspector Joe Goff says there appears to be no clear motive for the murders and the two victims were likely not the intended targets which makes the investigation not only difficult but more distressing for the families.

“Pursuing lines of inquiry can be doubly difficult when the assailants in a murder case cannot be linked to the victims or the intended targets. We need members of the public to come forward and shed some light on who may have been the intended target and why.

“We have families still so broken, unable to make sense of what has happened. Not only is Trinity’s family distraught but her young classmates and playmates are distressed as they are forced to interpret a very different world where they can lose their lives without justification, justice or protection from our society.”

“Similarly, Franklyn Penn’s family has had to deal with not one but multiple deaths in that family to include the murder of Alston Penn in March of the same year. These families and our children particularly need to feel secure again. They need and deserve to know why their love ones were so violently taken,” Inspector Goff stated.

A large high-powered automatic weapon was used to carry out the murders of Penn and Moses which would be very hard to conceal especially on a scooter. These assailants had travelled to the location in West End to carry out the act.

Detectives are asking persons to come forward with information on scooter riders who were acting suspiciously or particularly quarrelsome or angry on the evening of the murders. Any information that can assist in this murder investigation would be welcomed.

The entire $100,000 reward will be paid to the person with information that leads to the identity and charges against the person or persons involved in the murder. A portion of the reward money may be provided to a person with information that is considered valuable to the investigation.

Persons can contact a member of the Major Crime Team at 368-9342 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.

13 Responses to “$100K reward for info into murder of Trinity A. Moses & Franklyn E. Penn”

  • eish (07/05/2018, 15:33) Like (2) Dislike (57) Reply
    This is a lot a money that can do so much make repairs to any home or business pay school fees buy more drugs and guns.well no info no money i lose out on this one. Come on someone you may be lucky here since you cant win the lotto. Well it is said money talk and evidence will walk or bull$hit walk.Tell me which is right.
  • Yes (07/05/2018, 18:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody gon eat the cheese now lol sob love talk fo money too
  • wize up (07/05/2018, 19:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    these funds are handed out after the arrest and official charges of an individual or individuals: won’t the person collecting these have to give some form of testimony during the court proceedings: what form of protection is offered to this informant
    • boyblue (08/05/2018, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No problem wide up.
      We'll handle the details.
      Just do your civic duty,collect and rest easy.
  • Anonymous (07/05/2018, 21:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    alot of agressive behaviour in that area leading up to this. some who hang in area just doing whatever they want
    and police looking other way. some centered around bar by bakery. they never know nothing. sure.
    • Things that make you go hmm (08/05/2018, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Interesting that you mentioned the bar next to the bakery cause the shooting happened not far from there. I pray for justice
  • Year for change (08/05/2018, 17:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I beg those who know something to please come forward with whatever information they may have. Mr.Penn and Trinity didn't deserve to be gunned down like that...And with a high powered weapon oh goodness. Come on people help bring justice to the victims. Please God ,let justice be served
    • wize up (08/05/2018, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ year for change: I have personally lost friend like Mr Pickering & Mr Penn many years ago to Mr Fahie about one year ago: I have also lost relatives as well: I personally believe that the territory is to small for persons not to definitely know what went down: one hears all kinda tings but somebody know what actually happened.....
      • TO WIZE UP (09/05/2018, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, we know there are people out there with knowledge of what happened. But they choose to protect these criminals rather than turn them in
        • wize up (09/05/2018, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ wize up: make some on us wants to get real and go hunting but our age causes us to think is very hurtful, especially come form a generation that never experienced this kinda of conduct in the territory(some of came along when BVI had a homicide every 10 years) gun shots came when the farmers used their shot guns to protect their farm animals for stray dogs
          • TO WIZE UP (09/05/2018, 19:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            Yeah I know what you mean. And this new generation isnt looking good at all. They just want to be up and down the road doing nonsense and preying on the innocent while our community turn a blind eye. It's sad that even the death of a child couldn't move the hearts of our society and trust me those of us who were at the hospital on that night of the shooting, wept when we saw the condition on that innocent child and Mr.Penn. When I tell you they did that child BAD...I MEAN IT. I continue to pray for all the families and friends of the victims.

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