By mid 2024, Bermuda has seen 4 murders.  However, at of 07/07/2024, whilst the police are tight-lipped about a further 4 deaths, a report about the 4 deceased cites ‘murder’ in their post – read more here.

8 murders in just over 6 months, for a population of 65,000 equates to about 24 per 100,000 population, per annum – a figure substantially in excess of England and Wales where the homicide rate is approximately 1.2 per 100,000 people.  Figures indicate that the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia) and Belarus have the highest murder rates in Europe, with Latvia 3.62 per 100,000 people

‘In Bermuda, the murder detection rate is a significant area of concern. As of 2024, Bermuda has seen a rise in unsolved murder cases, with a total of 33 unsolved murders over the past two decades. This indicates challenges in resolving homicide cases effectively.’

05/2024 – Gun crime is of concern – read more here.

2024 Murders

  1. 24/05/2024 – 20 year old Zijae Jones. At about 3.15pm Friday, police responded to a group of men fighting at Horseshoe Beach in Southampton Parish.  An 18 year old has been charged with the murder. Read more here.
  2. 06/06/2024 – 37 year old Diante Chereena Trimm, a mother of five, was shot whilst inside her South Terrace, Pembroke residence – read more here. As yest unsolved, more than a month after the incident police are asking for CCTV (have not been proactive and looked for it?) – read more here.
  3. 07/07/2024 – 4 deaths that occurred.  However the BPS had not confirmed or denied these were murders.  The press conference transcript can be read here.
    1. But a few days later, during a conference (@ 06:50 minutes) the BPS acknowledge the  07/07/2024 deaths, were ‘murders’ … though the constabulary then appear to back-track (@ 11:30 minutes into the conference) – the transcript can be read here.  11/07/2024, the deceased are named as:
      1. 4-year-old Na-Vii Trimm-Parfitt
      2. -year-old Drae-E Trimm-Parfitt
      3. 39-year-old Nicole Parfitt
      4. 40-year-old Ramon Trimm
  4. 10/07/2024 – about 5am to 6am, 2 men are reported to have been murdered, the subject of ‘suspected’ shootings in the West End. Read more here.  The BPS press conference transcript can be read here.

2023 Murders

  1. 13/02/2023 – Kyari Flood, a 23 year old British citizen is shot dead, found murdered in Pembroke – read more here

2020 Murders

  1. 03/2024 conviction – Kamal Worrel, a lawyer, was convicted of murdering the mother of his child, Chavelle Dillon Burgess, was sentenced to serve at least 27 years behind bars.  Ms Burgess’ body has, at the time of conviction, not been located – read more here

12/2022 – Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons explained that detectives were overwhelmed with almost 160 open investigations into murders or attempted murders on top of inquiries into other serious crimes (Royal Gazette)

14/08/2023 –  There were 33 unsolved murders spanning the past 20 years.   Gangs, the use of guns and a culture of reprisal gave rise to the problem.  Prior to 2009 gun activity was scarce – what went wrong?  Read more here.

Unsolved – multiple homicides the Bermuda police has failed to solve.  Can you help?

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