Two Charged For 2023 Murder

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(PLTM) - Police InformationOffice - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - Today, officers of the Major Incident Team within the RVIPF arrested and charged two persons in connection with the April 30, 2023, murder of Kemo Lettsome at Long Look, Tortola.

Charged are 32-year-old Vernon Bernard of Manuel Reef and 28-year-old Jelani Marquis of Hannah’s Estate.

This arrest comes following an intensive investigation that spanned close to one year.

On the date of the incident, Lettsome, along with other persons, was present at a family gathering when he was fatally shot. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The charging of both Bernard and Marquis represents a significant breakthrough in this case, providing hope for closure and healing to the family and wider community affected by this tragic event.

Commissioner Collins states, “I commend the exemplary dedication and tireless efforts of our officers who have been instrumental in reaching this pivotal stage of the investigation. Their commitment to justice and community safety has been unwavering, and it's their hard work that brings us closer to justice for the victim and his family.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and the RVIPF assures the public that every effort is being made to gather all necessary evidence. We will continue to provide updates as they become available while respecting the investigation's integrity.

The RVIPF expresses gratitude to the community for its support and cooperation throughout this investigation.

We urge anyone with additional information about this matter or any other murder within the territory to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-8477(TIPS) or the RVIPF Intelligence Department at 368-9339. All information will be treated as confidential.

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