Antigua & Barbuda witnesses a surge in homicides, toll reaches six


LOOP NEWS – The escalation of homicides in Antigua and Barbuda has become a cause for concern, marking a significant shift from the peaceful start to the year, which witnessed no murders in the first quarter.

Now, the country has had a total of six murders, with four occurring within the past four weeks.

The most recent tragic incident unfolded on a Saturday night in Parham when 37-year-old Lance “Lenny” Williams fell victim to a fatal shooting.

The attack transpired around 10 pm, and despite undergoing surgery at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center, Williams succumbed to his injuries the following morning at approximately 6 am.

The shooting reportedly occurred while Williams was engrossed in a game of football in his community.

Reports suggest that the assailants arrived in a vehicle, and unleashed a barrage of gunfire on Williams.


The first murder of the year occurred in May when 25-year-old Roudi Shamarly became the victim of a deadly shooting during a robbery. Just six weeks later, another tragedy struck as Jahfari Isaac, also 25, lost his life in a separate shooting incident in Willikies.

In mid-August, a double shooting incident resulted in the untimely demise of a young woman and the eventual passing of a young man. Nia Rose, aged 20, tragically fell victim to a fatal shooting in the Green Bay area, while 24-year-old Keneca Ryan fought for his life in the hospital for several days before succumbing to his injuries.

Before Ryan’s passing, another tragedy struck as 66-year-old Dennis Edwards was fatally stabbed during a confrontation.



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  1. I come against that spirit of murder in Jesus’s Name. Put down your weapons and show love and compassion, turn your hearts from hatred and revenge let peace reign in this Land.

    Condolences to all families that lost their love ones.

  2. The proliferation of guns in the society today has a significant part to play in the new escalation of criminal activity and the number of homicides to date. This is most worrisome for the citizenry. Sadly when you talk with the police they tell you that they are doing their best under very difficult circumstances. They are still trying to fight crime with 1950’s tools and legislation.

  3. There is a tendency to react to conflict with the most powerful weapon available. These days the United States deports any human being that commits a crime back to their country of origin. It doesn’t matter of that person left their original country as a toddler and is not associated with that country in anyway shape or form. Besides illegal guns and ammunition finds their down to the Caribbean and it appears that there isn’t anything we can do about it. Unless we find a solution these incidents there seems to be nothing can be done. That’s messed up my people.

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