The late Shaquille Pemberton.
ST. KITTS–A St. Kitts businessman said Sunday his 23-year-old son Shaquille Pemberton was “brutally murdered.”
“I just called to share some sad information with you all. I guess you all heard about the young man that they found at Gillard Meadows on Saturday. Unfortunately it’s my son … was brutally murdered,” said Nigel Arthurton in a voice note to friends in a chat group.
Arthurton operates a snackette on Victoria Road, and sells breakfast from his van at the Basseterre Ferry Terminal.
According to a statement from the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF), the body found in the Gillard Meadows area on Saturday night “appears to have injuries to the chest.”
“However, circumstances surrounding the death of the deceased are still unclear,” the police statement said.
Police have identified Pemberton of New Road as the deceased. There was no known report of a missing person.
The body was reportedly discovered by a passer-by who called the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services, who then informed the RSCNPF.
Police said investigations are continuing. An autopsy is to be performed to confirm the exact cause of death.
If the autopsy confirms Pemberton’s death to be unnatural, it would be the first murder for St. Kitts and the third for the Federation for 2018. The previous two murders occurred on Nevis.
On January 17, Cleon Browne (19) was gunned down in a hail of bullets as he walked along the road in Rawlins Village, Gingerland, Nevis.
The second murder occurred on January 21, when the body of Shirley Dawn Morton was found at the home of her boyfriend Wayne “Spyer” Chapman.
The Federation recorded 23 murders last year. There were 31 murders in 2016; 28 in 2015; 21 in 2014; 21 in 2013 and 18 in 2012.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73173-father-says-son-was-brutally-murdered