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Governor & Premier appeal for info on Kemo A. Lettsome's murder

- urges those who saw or heard something on any murder to say something
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R1), right, and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, left, have teamed up to call for eyewitnesses to come forward to assist investigators of the murder of Kemo A. Lettsome who was shot to death on April 30, 2023, in the Long Look community. Photo: Facebook/File
Kemo A. Lettsome, 37, of Long Look, was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene in April 30, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
Kemo A. Lettsome, 37, of Long Look, was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene in April 30, 2023. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R1), and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG have teamed up to call for eyewitnesses to come forward to assist investigators of the murder of Kemo A. Lettsome who was shot to death on April 30, 2023, in the Long Look community.

In a joint statement, the two said the National Security Council met on Monday, May 1, 2023, following the murder of Lettsome, 37, of Long Look, who was fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene.

“Deputy Police Commissioner St Clair Amory briefed the National Security Council on the immediate Investigations into the shooting. Initial inquiries indicate that the shooter drove by the residence in a vehicle around 6:30 p.m., discharged several bullets, and left in the same vehicle. Much more information is needed to help with investigations into this incident,” the statement informed.

'No dispute is worth taking someone’s life'

The two men in the statement said detectives are asking for witnesses to this shooting or persons with information about the perpetrator(s) of this murder to contact the Major Incident Team at 368-9410 or for persons can give information anonymously through the Crimestoppers hotline number 800-8744.

“Further to the National Security Council meeting, I, as Governor, and I, as Premier, join the RVIPF in appealing for information into the murder of Mr Lettsome, as well as the continued need for information in relation to the murders earlier this year of Yan Edwards and Jahkeem Christopher,” the statement added.

The Governor and Premier detailed that those who saw something or heard something about any of the murders must say something. Absolutely, we believe that no dispute is worth taking someone’s life.

Both the Governor and Premier said that they will support the RVIPF in bringing to account those who are responsible for murders and other acts of gun violence, as well as a collective call on the entire VI community to help perpetrators to justice.

12 Responses to “Governor & Premier appeal for info on Kemo A. Lettsome's murder”

  • Hrmph (03/05/2023, 13:38) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    • He’s was a human (10/05/2023, 07:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This young had changed since the incident you are talking about. Everyone deserves a second chance. No dispute is worth taking a life. People get it together. The country depends on the people not standing for having these killers on the streets. You would not know how it feels until you have to walk in his parents shoes.
  • Ugh (03/05/2023, 13:50) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Does it have anything to do with the burning boats at West End and by the Police dock? I am staying in on Friday night in case there is another instalment.
  • onlooker. (03/05/2023, 14:37) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all know that is not going to happen... That just the reality of the BVI...folks will know their family/friends commit crime and will go the extreme to protect them,,,,, that is until there's a victim in that family......... I've seen the cry and plead from a particular individual when her nephew was gun down in the streets, her candle light vigils.Her speech made me cry.. fast forward few years later, that same individual was on social media saying her son was home watching TV when his name surfaced in a proved otherwise!!!!!!
  • CCTV (03/05/2023, 14:47) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    If not CCTV then covert cameras at known trouble spots and at Port/Customs. The police need a list of gangs (google ties the deceased to several people) then harass the gangs/stop and search/haul in unlicenced bikes. Appeals and prayers wont cut it we need action.
  • SAME OLD SONG (03/05/2023, 16:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will the same old message and tactics stop, we have this merry go around situation all time whenever someone is killed, look back into the 80s and 90s its the same old song, read the Island Sun news paper from that time, government and UK giving lip service. People don't always be in the area or hear anything, therefore police and government have to come up with new ideas and invest properly to make them happen, you just can't keep relying on the population only and plus you not giving any protection to the community for providing information in such a small place either. You guys should have been on air with a $250.000 reward among many new ideas, i believe you guys don't want to solved these murders for some unknown reason.
    Further, to deter people from killing you need to introduced tuff legislation mandatory 10 or 20 years if convicted with a firearm or whole life sentences for conviction of murder and GBH rot in prison, that will be a good way to start but you got Governor after governor, COP after COP and nothing new is changing.
    On the home front the local population has to look into itself and a honest investigation has to be conducted as to why the BVI has over 100 unsolved murders for its population? what is causing these acts to be committed, what are its implication?, who is hiring or ordering these killing for what purpose? what is the motive? These are serious questions and conversation we must have as a nation, if we don't want to engaged then forget about it and allow nature to take its course.
  • ?? (03/05/2023, 19:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I gave free advice yesterday.

    Mr. Rankin, can you please inform the public what have the country gained by having all the UK police officers here? where do they fit the bill? how are they assisting us? During their presence, we have had more unsolved murders than we can count. Are they doing their intelligence on the beaches?

    I am in no way blaming police, government or anyone for the crimes of the criminals. I am also mindful that no matter what is done, if someone out to even a score, all they will need is an opportunity to pull their trigger. But how do we build fear in the criminals because they obviously have no fear of respect for the law, and somehow 100% sure that they will not get caught. Again I ask, why are all these UK police here and what are they doing that our own local officers are not capable of? Make it make sense
  • Kept saying.. (03/05/2023, 19:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The detective Branch needs re visiting, shuffling, a crime happen at 630 pm with loud bam from Guns shouldn't be hard to solve
  • MY VOICE (03/05/2023, 22:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear British Virgin Islands
    Dear Mr. Governor
    Dear Mr. Premier
    Dear Police Force

    I am writing you this letter informing you all above that there are more than eighty (80) plus unsolved murders and killings in the British Virgin Islands and the list or toll is climbing constantly as of April 30, 2023.

    I been keeping a record of names of all the persons that were killed or murder or gunned down in this Territory for the last forty (40) years. From the three (3) men that got killed at Sage Mountain some thirty or forty years ago to present. About seven (7) to eight (8) persons (victims) has been murdered or gunned down in my neighborhood (village or community) since the 1990's.

    Every now and then I hear gun shots ringing out in my neighborhood late at nights and sometimes early in the mornings but nothing is being done about it. I made several complain to police officers but it just falls on deaf ears.

    I hope the Police Office is reading this blog.
  • Easy to solve (04/05/2023, 05:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put out a REWARD 20GRAND
    • Listen (04/05/2023, 12:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      a reward will do no good. the reason person are not coming forward is that when you give a tip the hole poilce force kowns nothing stay with just the person to speak to in the station.

      we also have when you give a tip a week or months later you are next on the news die.

      cases and matters are being done behind close doors but the streets knows what is going on because these officers are giving out information. no one want to die for just helping.

      Everything that is being investitive is being leak out and that is not right.

      yes this kind of stuff happen all over the world but Tortola to small to have this happen over and over and over.

      until we the people can trust the police or even the government we the people we keep our mouths shut to save our own lives...

      sorry to say but that how i feel and i know a lot others will say the same.
  • Majestic Life Watch (04/05/2023, 13:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The case still pending ex Police officer was on the scene pretty quickly.

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