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'I don’t understand how our community has stayed so quiet'- CoP Matthews

- said he saw no community protests when Trinity A. Moses was killed
Trinity A. Moses, a student of St George’s Primary, was at the time sitting in the back of the SUV when she was fatally hit by gun shots on November 22, 2017. Photo: RVIPF
Three years plus since 11-year-old Trinity A. Moses met her death, along with Franklyn E. Penn at West End road, outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has expressed his disbelief with the silence of the community over the crime. Photo: Facebook
Three years plus since 11-year-old Trinity A. Moses met her death, along with Franklyn E. Penn at West End road, outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has expressed his disbelief with the silence of the community over the crime. Photo: Facebook
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
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
The vehicle in which three persons were in when they came under heavy gunfire while on the western end of Tortola on November 22, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The vehicle in which three persons were in when they came under heavy gunfire while on the western end of Tortola on November 22, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three years plus since 11-year-old Trinity A. Moses met her death, along with Franklyn E. Penn at West End road, outgoing Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has expressed his disbelief with the silence of the community over the crime.

“I have said this before, but I never miss the opportunity of mentioning this, because it is one moment in my policing career here in the BVI that is still sitting with me like it was yesterday. I just want to take listeners to the 22nd of November 2017, and that was when we had a double homicide in the West End of Tortola, and one of the victims of the homicide was an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Trinity Moses,” he remarked during an interview on My BVI Radio Show on Tuesday February 16, 2021.

“I never forget that we haven’t captured that killer and whilst we captured many other people since and charged them with the most serious of offences and got them locked up awaiting trials and so forth and even in the most recent cases, we are very confident that we will end up arresting and charging people; every now and again there is a shocking moment in history. And when I look at that moment back in time in 2017, and that little girl was lying asleep in the back of the car when an automatic weapon was fired into that vehicle by somebody on a scooter, and I don’t understand how our community has stayed so quiet about that.”

A reward of $100,000 was offered in 2018 and is still available for information leading to the identification and charge of those responsible for the murders of Penn and Moses.

Police can’t do it alone

The Commissioner of Police then expressed that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is unable to solve crimes on their own.

“If you are really being truthful to yourselves we gotta do it together. We can’t continue on this road of people saying I am not prepared to come forward; I am not prepared to say anything because there are ways that information can be given to the force without identifying who’s giving it to them and not every officer in the force is corrupt despite what the media will make of recent events here. So my message will remain very, very clear, we cannot do it alone, this has to be in partnership with the community. It is time for the community to stand up and say this is not good enough. It is time for the community to say we don’t want guns on the streets, we don’t want guns in the homes, and it is time for the community to declare outrage.”

He said the understandable ‘fear’ of speaking out should also be another reason to be angry as a community.

He added: “When I think back to that night when that little girl died I didn’t see large groups of the community protesting at the Road Town Police Station about the death of an 11-year-old schoolgirl here. Nothing happened.”

On that night, Trinity Moses was in the car along with her mother Ramona Moses, who was the sole survivor of the brutal attack.

Police had reported that the vehicle the victims were in was on the West End public road in the area of the graveyard around 9:30 PM when at least two scooter riders rode up to it and fired indiscriminately.

Meanwhile, anyone with information relating to these crimes are urged to contact Detective Inspector Vernon Larocque; directly on 368-9809 or via the Major Crime Investigation Team on 368-5682. Police said all information would be treated with the strictest confidence.

33 Responses to “'I don’t understand how our community has stayed so quiet'- CoP Matthews”

  • musa (18/02/2021, 12:35) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    very sad news
    • Straight Facts (18/02/2021, 17:27) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      The police were accustomed to do a little press release on the anniversary of the murder, but look at it 22nd November, 2020 where was mention of Trinity and Franklin's murder??? But, the commissioner waited until he is departing to talk. After the murders, many were quick to jump in the comments and say DRUGS was the reason, yet the police did their investigation and found that no drugs nor criminal activities were connected to any of the victims. Where was the news article to let the world know, that just seconds after the shooting, Mr.Penn stopped the jeep to get help by the bar next to the bakery, and while Trinity laid in the back bleeding from her head , Mr.Penn asked for help while Trinity's mom BEGGED people to help, but all people did was stand by the jeep and video with their phones(refusing to help) BUT, THERE WERE 3 I REPEAT THREE GOOD SAMARITANS who stepped in and helped. Imagine, people saw Trinity BLEEDING FROM HER HEAD and didnt want to help. And these are the people who make up our community in the BVI, tell me what that says about mankind....and the shooters and their accomplices, your days WILL come.
    • trinity (18/02/2021, 17:46) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Trinity had just celebrated her 11th birthday on 23rd August,2017. And was getting ready to graduate. That's a graduation she never lived to see, that's a graduation her family didnt get to see her in. Ask anyone who knew Trinity and they will tell you she was quiet, but very kind. Her principal spoke and said how she would bring her breakfast and share it with her friends and many times she will have none for herself because thats how kind she was. She enjoyed cooking, making slime for the kids at school, dancing and singing, the school was preparing for their Christmas concert, and she was so excited and would practice her dance moves with her friends. And, she enjoyed going for drives and stopping by the park to go on the swings...on the night of November 22nd,2017 she went for the last drive with her Godfather and mom, the very last drive that she never returned from. To her mom, family and friends, please know that many of us still remember Trinity and we will continue to pray for justice for both her and Mr.Penn.
  • Aint feeling safe (18/02/2021, 12:36) Like (9) Dislike (26) Reply
    When you get us police we can trust.
    • Silly (18/02/2021, 17:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is a silly cimment from a silly person. Can you trust the CoP? Call him up and tell him who did it.
  • TamTam (18/02/2021, 12:51) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yep..The graveyard a few yards from the police station.
  • Referendum (18/02/2021, 13:17) Like (45) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really? This hurt my heart. To this day I mirror your sentiments CoP. I just can't for the life of me understand why a "Christian" community won't do the right thing and give up the killer (s) . The streets know, they always know...yet innocent blood was shed and mums the word. From the moment this heinous crime took place, I said I no longer want to be part of this community. One day you will get justice Trinity. Old sins have a way of casting long shadows.
  • Like (18/02/2021, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (31) Reply
    Like he really care ...
  • Concerned (18/02/2021, 13:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad to see these two again. My dear friend Franklyn and that poor child.
  • Fam (18/02/2021, 14:03) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Mike is a waste hw needs to go more talk than action
  • Typical (18/02/2021, 14:05) Like (51) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's BVI people for you, everything is about hype and likes, nothing about substance. We had people on talk shows and marching for George Floyd because the white media said to do so, but won't make a sound for something that happened on our soil. Young lady lost and life goes on.
    • hollywood (18/02/2021, 15:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Where is (18/02/2021, 19:53) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is BVIBLM? It’s funny they actually never did March or say anything regarding the killings and drugs. Sham on all who’s involved and bought merchandise that “ no one wear since that day” because of pride and guilt
  • So sad (18/02/2021, 14:24) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    That we can see our innocent children being murdered and an innocent decent man's life snuffed out and nobody has a word to say. This is the society we live in.
  • To this day (18/02/2021, 14:25) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has been on my mind, I often think about that beautiful innocent child. I WILL SAY THIS, to those of you that knows who was involved or knows who was involved in taking this innocent child’s life look around at your children if you are a parent and think about if it was your child. Don’t let this happen to one of your innocent child. KARMA WILL FALL UPON YOURS. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING SO THAT THE LITTLE ANGEL CAN REST IN PEACE.
  • Bulldawg (18/02/2021, 14:33) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honestly had i known who was the murderer, i certainly would have come forward.
    This is very, very sad indeed.
    Maybe no one have an idea who did it.
    I really believe is mistaken identity or maybe the man who died had an issue with someone unknown to his family and friends.
  • Xxx (18/02/2021, 14:46) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is so sad but the police force not ready and with another white man coming we are up shit creew
    • @xxx (19/02/2021, 08:37) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are so right. The Police Officers pay you no mind when you give them tips. I remember when they gun down the young man from Carrot Bay, me and many friends were calling and telling them where Ashe was last seen for them to check the cameras as it was pre 2017, but nobody in that Police Force cared. Tips were sent in like crazy as he worked in the Court Registry and we knew how important it was to let the police know what we knew as trails run cold and cases are better solved early. Nothing. No call backs from the COP. Nothing.

      Also heard there was a scene out of the movies in West End the other day where the Police stopped a young man on a bike and when he jumped off a gun fell out of his waist right in front of the Police. Immediately after that happened another biker snatched him up from in front of them and rode off. They probably just laughed at the shock of it. Doubt they reported it. Nobody I have seen wear masks while on their bikes. They are bare faced and bold so they know who they are. No wonder the young men are so bold and using the weapons anywhere and anyhow they like. They can see the Police in this jurisdiction are just nice men and women in uniform. They do not know their duties are. TO SOLVE CRIME. So COP, please check your officers. People give tips but they fall on deaf ears.
  • Non-sense (18/02/2021, 15:16) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    How do you conclude that those that know AREN'T those who were involved, to assume that the community is aware and isn't speaking is BS. It doesn't take very much to hire or commit a crime like this in the open border- very small VI and only who were involved Know.
  • wise up (18/02/2021, 16:32) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    As I said before let’s get monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest of person or persons involved in these crimes.Let’s use all these money government intercept and I guarantee that people will come forward because someone always know and hope use can trust the police
    • 100K (19/02/2021, 03:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      100K isn't enough? That's the reward... but I guess you didn't read to the end.
  • Angel (18/02/2021, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man who died was a victim. His life was also unjustly taken. Let’s not make a villain out of him just because he can’t defend himself.
  • west end police (18/02/2021, 17:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gus needs to come back for Mathews
  • SMH (18/02/2021, 17:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply


  • parent (18/02/2021, 19:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a parent and mother, I am pleading from the bottom of my heart that justice is served for the little girl and the man that was killed. Every time I drive in the area where they were killed, my heart sinks. Someone knows something and is keeping quiet. Please have and show some compassion and mercy. Please do the right thing if you know anything. I am telling you if you have any information, just write down what you know and slip it to the POLICE COMISH AND HE WILL DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO BE DONE. AT LEAST YOU WILL BE POINTING HIM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I ASSURE YOU NO ONE WILL KNOW WHO GIVE THE INFORMATION IF IT IS GIVEN TO THE POLICE COMISH ONLY AND IN PRIVATE.
  • VIslander (18/02/2021, 19:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We in the community aren't trained investigators so if criminals do crime we don't have the training to solve the crime for you. We have no leads no info and informants don't reveal themselves to us. It was tragic and horrible, & the community mourns but don't blame us. I don't understand what cop means by protests. Does the UK have protests when people are murdered? I want you guys to solve the case and we in the community, at least who I know, support you and want you to succeed.
  • Too secretive (18/02/2021, 21:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Natures Little
    SECRET it is living up to its name
  • BuzzBvi (18/02/2021, 22:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time to use the hotline number. Oh, I forgot no one does it because they would be called a snitch or any other stupid word people have for giving information about illegal activity.
    Sooner we turn around and think people that protect innocents and "snitch" on the bad guys are heros the better. Protecting drug runners and murderers by not calling these hotlines makes you accessories to what is going on in the VI. Maybe it is time for a COI.
  • K (19/02/2021, 00:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    only now the commissioner have thing to say. just before the governor left this territory he also had lost to say as a matter of fact the Governor drum up an inquiry: commissioner leaving in a few hours so he on the soap box: the governor believes all in bvi are dope dealing while the commissioner can't solve crimes because the public not sharing information: the commissioner need to tell our people how much money he handed over to investigators from UK without one case getting closed: let the Queen know under his Tenure as head of the police crime & especially aggravated crime tripled in this uk territory....the governor and commissioner are responsible for national security under both of them more guns and drugs than ever before: no improvement in border security under governor or commissioner: ask yourself who enjoys bvi sea water the most: ask yourself why the stop and search was discontinued once uk police came road town as commissioners
  • ok (19/02/2021, 07:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all know we can't tell the police anything because they call up your name.
  • Home free (19/02/2021, 09:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He should be telling us where and to who the $230 million dollars drugs went. Where is the transparency. BVI people open your eyes.
  • 4real (19/02/2021, 19:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people stay quiet because the have no confidence in you
  • Hope Floats (21/02/2021, 00:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Police only for the following
    Importing dope
    Selling dope
    Wrecking government cars...
    They so incompetent they couldn't even find a hooker in a whore house.

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