(Photo Credit: Provided) Murdered: Little Trinity Azaria Moses, left, and Franklin Edison Penn
Detectives from the Major Crime Investigations Team are seeking assistance in identifying those responsible for the attempted murder of Ramona Moses of Huntum’s Ghut and the murders of her daughter Trinity Azaria Moses, 11, and Franklin Edison Penn, 41, of Parham Town, East End.
"Detectives believe that members of the community have crucial information that could assist in identifying those responsible and to bring some closure to the grieving families," the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) stated.
At around 09:45pm on November 22, 2017 the victims were travelling in a white Suzuki XL7 along the Sir Francis Drakes highway at West End when they came under gun fire from unknown assailants. Trinity and Penn died on route to hospital whilst Ramona was fortunate to survive.
Today marks the two year anniversary of the incident.
“As the family of Trinity Moses, we would like to thank everyone who helped and showed support to us in our time of grief. We are now pleading to the public to help us by coming forward with any information that can assist, as Trinity was a very loving child and was someone’s daughter/niece/grandchild which has left a void in our lives that cannot be filled,” according to a statement from the family
The Penn family in their statement explained that in 2017 alone, they lost their father and two brothers.
"Although we continue to get through each day, we still cannot come to terms with these losses, two of which were very tragic," the family stated.
Further, the family indicated, "We still have no answers as to why he was taken from us so tragically; a young man who was quiet and kind-hearted, never interfering with anyone. He did not deserve to have his life cut short this way."
"We need questions answered and for those who took his life to be brought to justice. Not a single day goes but without us thinking of him and sometimes, the tears still fall. We plead with anyone who may have any knowledge surrounding the death of our brother to please come forward,” the family stated.
Some months following the murder, a reward of $100,000 was offered and is still available for information leading to the identification and charge of those responsible for the murders.
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.
According to police, all information will be treated with the strictest confidence.