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UPDATE: Stabbing victim Riky Bautista Familia laid to rest in homeland

- No arrest has yet been made for the alleged murder of 'Maco Tica'!
The late Riky Bautista Familia aka 'Maco Tica', who was stabbed to death on November 16, 2012 outside a bar in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, was buried on November 25, 2012 in his home land of La Romana, Dominican Republic. He is shown here in his casket. photo: VINO's Team of Reporters
The bar where the stabbing allegedly took place is known as Maria's Bar. Police had cordoned off the area where a large crowd had gathered. Photo: VINO
The bar where the stabbing allegedly took place is known as Maria's Bar. Police had cordoned off the area where a large crowd had gathered. Photo: VINO
The RVIPF is seeking assistance for the arrest of Alberto Rosa de la Rosa who it says is presently a person of interest in the murder last Friday November 16, 2012 of Riky Dennis Bautista Familia.
The RVIPF is seeking assistance for the arrest of Alberto Rosa de la Rosa who it says is presently a person of interest in the murder last Friday November 16, 2012 of Riky Dennis Bautista Familia.
The body of Riky Bautista Familia outside of Maria's Bar in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
The body of Riky Bautista Familia outside of Maria's Bar in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
 Bautista was also reportedly known as 'Maco Tica' and Manuel among friends and is said to be from the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
Bautista was also reportedly known as 'Maco Tica' and Manuel among friends and is said to be from the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Riky Bautista Familia was laid to rest in his homeland of La Romana in the Dominican Republic, almost two weeks after he was stabbed to death outside a bar in Sea Cows Bay on the main Island of Tortola.

The body of the deceased, who was also affectionially known by friends and family as 'Maco Tica' and ‘Manuel’, was shipped home on November 24, 2012 after a service at Davis Funeral Home in Purcell Estate attended by many in the Hispanic community.

He was buried in La Romana, his city of birth, on Sunday November 25, 2012, as some of his friends and family made the journey home to the Dominican Republic for the burial.

It was on November 16, 2012 when Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force were called to the scene outside Maria's Bar, in the vicinity of Cills Dry Goods hardware store, following a report of a fight around 9:40 P.M

When the police officers arrived on that fatal night, they found the deceased with injuries outside the bar. The victim, identified as Ricky Bautista, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. To date, no arrest has been made following the alleged murder.

See previous story posted on November 19, 2012

Police release photo of man wanted for questioning in latest murder

- Two questioned but released without any charges laid

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has released two photos of Alberto Rosa de la Rosa as it appeals to the public for assistance in locating him.

According to Police, de la Rosa is presently a person of interest in the murder last Friday November 16, 2012 of Riky Dennis Bautista Familia.

Rosa de la Rosa, 32, a native of Dominica Republic, is slim built, between 5’7 and 5’9 and 140 pounds. He is an entertainer known locally as ‘Piyoyo’ and may now have a missing tooth as a result of a mouth injury, a press release from the RVIPF stated.

Persons seeing Rosa de la Rosa are asked to call 311 and not to approach him as he is believed to be dangerous. Persons can also give information about his whereabouts anonymously through the Crimestoppers hotline number 800-8477 or 800-TIPS. 

An earlier release from the RVIPF had said that two persons were questioned by police but were subsequently released without any charges laid.

Previously, Police had said  they were interested in speaking to two persons – Alberto Rosa Dela Rosa aka Piyoyo and another male only known as ‘La Popi’- in relation to the fatal stabbing of Riky Bautista Familia at a bar in Sea Cows Bay last evening November 16, 2012.

The deceased was also reportedly known as 'Maco Tica' and Manuel among friends and is said to be from the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic.

According to a source close to the family of the deceased, they were told that the two men were imbibing on the day in question and reportedly were engaged in a heated argument in Long Bush before heading to the bar in Sea Cows Bay which is known as Maria's Bar, located in the vicinity of Cills Dry Goods Store..

The source also said that the stabbing victim was reportedly attempting to flee his attacker but was pursued and caught.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), in a press release on Saturday November 17 said it was investigating the death of a Hispanic man following an incident near a bar in Sea Cows Bay last night.

Officers were called to the scene following a report of a fight around 9:40 P.M. and found the deceased with injuries outside the bar. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after, the release stated.

According to the press release, Ag. Commissioner of Police David Morris noted that while there have been two unfortunate criminal deaths with the past week, these types of incidents are rare and isolated in the Territory and must keep kept at a minimum.

“We are saddened by the senseless loss of these two lives and our condolences go out to the families of these victims. At the same time, we, as a community, must do all to ensure that these incident are kept low. It is important that we report all suspicious behaviour or illegal weapons well in advance of an incident and do our part of ensure that no other lives are lost."

111 Responses to “UPDATE: Stabbing victim Riky Bautista Familia laid to rest in homeland”

  • Amen (16/11/2012, 23:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good stuff
    • yellow (17/11/2012, 00:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It appears that we have raised a generation of persons lacking in humanity.

      Spanish or English, black or white, Let's start at the beginning ...
      Parents start nurturing your children from the cradle up to be self-respecting members of society.

      It takes a village to raise a child....
      Each and every one of us has our part to play in saving this nation from going down the road of no return.
    • the rock (17/11/2012, 04:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good stuff..what the hell u mean by this please explain..u heartless piece of dirt!
      • captain (17/11/2012, 13:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        death will not prove anything really except that one got the other in the fight first!!!
      • Polo (17/11/2012, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        They doing good. Let them continue killing out each other....just bringing pain to families
        • dog meat (18/11/2012, 07:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Too much violence in this place..look how my lil bvi gone to the dogs!!!
        • hurt (18/11/2012, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          drinking rum and arguing is a bad combination school children say the thing started from long bush then moved to sea cows bay. now the man who stabbed he hiding well sah
          • my five cents (19/11/2012, 06:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            yea some of dem tis like rum till ah dead!!!
            When men cannot get out of that drinking cycle and their whole life is consumed with vices,
            Nothing good is put into their growth....
          • case study (19/11/2012, 23:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            We muss have the MOST alcoholics in the whole world per Capita....or as some would say....tis dem cultuah...
    • black boy (17/11/2012, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well sah wah dem Spanish man dem fighting over now eh?
  • ,, (16/11/2012, 23:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    wha wrong wid these spanish man buddy?...el paido
    • old man (17/11/2012, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The BVI now has inhabitants from all over the caribbean, this would undoubtedly cause a shift in the values and morals of the society. That does not mean the bvi is a bad place
    • dead man walking (17/11/2012, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Spanish community is ah close net people, this could have been avoided.
  • jack be still (17/11/2012, 00:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh god another one for the year?
  • quick sand (17/11/2012, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What crime plan?
    • dead man (17/11/2012, 00:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Crime Plan..... Crime Plan....
      Get tough on the criminals in the air condition offices and who driving the nice SUV and walking around in their jackets and ties
    • november man (17/11/2012, 07:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why is it that we always wait until something happens before anyone takes any actions?
  • weed (17/11/2012, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not even two weeks ago after another one waz stabbed gosh my country gone mad
    • rattie (17/11/2012, 00:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seal the Borders, prevent knifes and tooth picks from coming in....Eventually they will run out of things to stab with and problem will be half Solved.
      • Well (17/11/2012, 08:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Really?...I don't agree.

        A very innovative set of people (humans) no matter what you do anger and violence will still live on and if we intend to kill we will find a way. I'ts up to the individual to know how far to go and how to react when the situation arises.
        We are are responsible for our actions whether done in anger or else.
  • where (17/11/2012, 00:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where the police and uk officers that were supposed to be patrolling these areas?
    • cop (17/11/2012, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      RIP young man!!!
    • bad boyz (17/11/2012, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      seems like i need to get off the streets before 8:00 P.M. every night
      • october man (17/11/2012, 23:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the Devil is on the ramp he is working in lives especially young people but Stand you can't prevail!
        • catch (19/11/2012, 06:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          When there is no respect for God we can expect anything!! The love of God constrains us!!
    • NYPD (17/11/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shall we have a police officer in every bar, on every street corner, that is if there were another few hundred officers to split between the shifts.. The debate is about knife and gun crime, and how we persuade our youth not to pick up weapons. Police patrols help in a small way, but the change has to be made within society as a whole. I note your dislike of UK officers, but either they are in the bars or they aren't. Can't have it both ways .
    • Me (17/11/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      where the hell your own police officers never mind thinking 4 UK officers going to do your job oh sorry forgot your all related so I suppose its all down to the white guys again. You make me laugh. Ignorant fool
      • @ Me (17/11/2012, 18:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Nice one "ME", nice one…go back to England with you old racist lazy self always trying to justify the well known incompetence of the UK police officers who do nothing for the BVI
      • cops (18/11/2012, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We need a serious operation by the police and the people to attack the criminals who are robbing and murdering people…BAM
  • each his own (17/11/2012, 00:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These criminals are so heartless, they don't give a darn.
  • Shara Parlin (17/11/2012, 00:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Again where is the law enforcement presence here for rapid response? police should be in this area along with thoes lazy UK officers in these hot spots, it may not stop the outright violence but it certainly may help with the quicker apprehension of the perpetrators......Food 4 thought
    • rice and peas (17/11/2012, 00:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't know how people can expect a police force who could not get the promotion of police officers right without having a system that will be challenged in court to fix crime? This is a no-brainer! I don't know why people expect someone who is only the head of the force because he has a friend in government house to fix crime? The math just does not add up!
    • under the bus (17/11/2012, 01:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      no long speech just say RIP
      • Virgin Gorda (17/11/2012, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Hopefully the police picked up his deadly killer
        • land mass (17/11/2012, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Good Lord the police? you for real?
          • SIDS (17/11/2012, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            THE POLICE CANT BE EVERY WHERE AT THE SAME TIME. WE DONT HAVE MUCH OF THEM. THEY ARE TIMES WE CANT BLAME THEM. IF WE THINK ABOUT EACH OTHER MAYBE THIS WOLDNT HAPPEN. PS IM NOT A POLICE.
    • At Shara (17/11/2012, 21:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Shara, I would hardly call that bar a "hotspot" - I frequent there very often and have done for years, its one place that I can honestly say I have never seen any trouble at. There is no gambling, there is no visible signs that i have seen of drugs, its just a fun and cosy little bar.

      Clearly you know nothing about what you talk about and proved your ignorance again. As for your comment about the "lazy" UK officers - your ignorance is showing again!
      • Shara Parlin (18/11/2012, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Excuses above human life.
        This is as dirty as it gets.
        The defenders of the lazy UK officers and their form of excuses will soon become a part of the dirt.
  • Sad (17/11/2012, 01:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP Ricky. Don't know what happened or why, but I knew you to be a quiet, jolly person anda hard worker, soeonw who did not trouble anyone. Sad sad story. You will be missed mi amigo.
    • liat 521 (18/11/2012, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THE SADDEST Part of this story is the poor guy came to the BVI like many others to better their lives now he goes back home in a box...so true in this particular case
      • love boat (18/11/2012, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        There are two things that sell in the bvi media; Fraser and violence. Hence the reason why the crime stories make it to the front page with so many blogs!! Lol .
  • Cat (17/11/2012, 06:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another family left to mourn the lost of a loved one. My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of this Gentleman. I dont know why some people are hearts are so filled with anger and hate so much so that it would drive them to do vicious things without thinking twice.
  • Mary Mary (17/11/2012, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    may GOD have mercy on his soul...
    • spanish man (18/11/2012, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dem say the two waz drinking…. hope the fools did not spend all the $$$$ on rum & left enough money to bury he butt. ppl dont study the heartache and pain they does cause with their dotish behaviour nah
      • Banter (20/11/2012, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You sound so utterly foolish. I really don't know why you commented as you obviously had nothing positive to contribute!
  • Confucius (17/11/2012, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can only offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Bautista's family and friends. I really don't understand all the violence that is taking place. It is terribly sad what is happening here.

    I also want to apologize for the lack of compassion and humanity shown on these blogs. A man has been ruthlessly murdered in cold blood and all they want to do is tear down the police.

    Once and for all, I wish people would understand that the police are under funded. There is not enough man power to be at all places at all times. Stop harping about the UK police. Without them, the number of crimes solved would be even less than it is now!

    Did any of you ever stop and think about why you see these officers at the local bars? The reason is because that is where a lot of trouble starts! It's also where they hear things that can be useful to them. But they can't be at every bar, every minute of the day and night! Be reasonable people and use the brains God gave you before writing utter nonsense!
    • cathy (17/11/2012, 07:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How would the police know if these killings are gang related? Do they have good intelligence or was this just another fight and range?
    • .... (17/11/2012, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      How the hell do you know it was in cold blood?? Were you there??
      • long road (17/11/2012, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Boss me ah hope dey violence on tis aint such that it affect dey tourism so badly
    • Music (17/11/2012, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agree with Confucius 100pc, especially his last para.
  • Come on vino (17/11/2012, 08:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino, yes. Bring the news, but be considerate as well. Why show the body. He is a father, brother, husband to somebody ho have feelings and who would be hurt by your action. Where's your compassion. It doesn't always have to be juicy and gossipy. Shame on you. I know you wouldn't post this, but you sure would read it
    • bat man (17/11/2012, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I ASKED THAT YOU FOLKS TURN TO GOD AND START DOING GOOD... PLEASE TURN YOUR LIVES AROUND FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MANKIND' MAY GOD BLESS US ALL...
    • TO: Come on vino (17/11/2012, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      As sad as it is, did anyone ever ask why was he in a fight???
  • say so (17/11/2012, 08:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rest in Peace Rickie
  • power to the people (17/11/2012, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so sad! Another example of life gone to soon by very questionable circumstances. I hope the police takes the time out to find the killer....Condolences to the family.
  • mother hen (17/11/2012, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Right now we do not know who is next and how our death will come? R.I.P. Mr. Bautista
    • daddy friday (17/11/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We need a CCTV camera in that area there is about three to four bars in that area, before sea cows bay goes to the dogs with crime!!
      • native boy (17/11/2012, 17:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Whether spanish, english, black or white, brown or red or what, killing is not ever the answer
      • xmas (18/11/2012, 10:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        i agree with 'daddy friday' the govt need to provide security and CCT cameras for the poor, to prevent this free-for-all by the criminals!!
  • chris hayes (17/11/2012, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes when stupidity knocks at your door, you just have to leave it sleeping on the outside. You people have spent enough time entertaining stupid, when stupid is the devil himself with some of these unnecessary comments!
  • question (17/11/2012, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how many Homicide for the year now???
  • justice fro Ricky (17/11/2012, 11:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time for a March against crime in this Country. Citizens shouldn't accept this crucial blood bath in this Place. Each head count. Our youths are our future. I'm fed up.
  • WIZE UP (17/11/2012, 12:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the price of progress is very hight and i submit to us as virgin islanders these islands have a lot more to see BECAUSE we have left God out of our progress- one can not attempt to replace God with "money"
  • flipos (17/11/2012, 19:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord what Piyoyo get himself in now. Who's la popi?
  • Romeo (17/11/2012, 22:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know these are serious times and this is a serious case but, what the heck kinda names is ''piyoyo'' and ''la popis''? what ever happened to ''alejandro'' or ''jose'' or ''julio'' or ''hernandez''. Piyoyo? la popis? I'm still trying to pronounce those names.
  • new start (18/11/2012, 10:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Start to hang the murderers..get started.
    • NIGHT LIFE (19/11/2012, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ALBERTO IF YOU DID THIS IT'S A DISGRACE TO YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR COMMUNITY.
  • police officer west end (18/11/2012, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much chaos exists in the RVIPF for tem do solve crime!!!
    • Impersonator west end (19/11/2012, 21:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Even with chaos, the prison is overflowing, convictions every week, drug seizures in news every week. Lots of big names eating porridge at Christmas. You may not support the police, but they are doing thier job despite the lack of help by the likes of you. Have you ever thought about solving crime when witnesses are reluctant to come forward even in the simplest cases. The supposed west end cop should know better.
  • think people (18/11/2012, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it is very sad, one going to the jail and one going to his grave.
  • foxy brown (19/11/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the thing is i know the killed and the killer
  • don q (19/11/2012, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no that my barba
  • como esta (19/11/2012, 23:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    in his own interest he can be reasoned with and given some measure of solace to turning himself in to police.

  • coming soon (20/11/2012, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    father god soon coming for he world
  • stop the hate (20/11/2012, 13:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why he kill the bouy??? gosh
  • nice song (21/11/2012, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh jez um bread tis dey guy dat sing "He no like to talk so much".....
  • Tico (10/12/2012, 09:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope his soul is with the angels
  • storm (10/12/2012, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this update VINO i just asked someone last week what happen to him after I saw the other one that was stabbed funeral on your site. You are truly on top of things VINO kudos!!..i pray for peace for his family and that the killer come forward
  • balwing (12/12/2012, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    weeks after me still cryin deman


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