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August Year in review: ‘Yankee' Rawlins murder shocks Court St community

Notorious Court Street figure Raymond Troy (Yankee) Rawlins was murdered on August 9 inside Spinning Wheel nightclub.

Mr Rawlins' murder came amid a spate of shootings, which landed two other men in hospital that same weekend.

The self-confessed former drug dealer and crack addict was believed to be a kingpin in the drugs and gang scene and was a key target for police.

In addition to his criminal activity and alleged gang affiliations Mr Rawlins was also a well-known Court Street businessman who would organise family fun days at Clearwater Beach.

Family members told

The Royal Gazette he was shot nine times by two individuals who ran into the Court Street club as Mr Rawlins entered at approximately 12.30am.

The father-of-eight was rushed into a private car and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead at 1.08am.

Police said the murder was gang-related.

His death prompted much discussion about Bermuda's gang activity and how it has grown in the past decade.

Many said Mr Rawlins was “no angel” he had a string of convictions and had previously been shot at.

In an April, 2004 interview he told

The Royal Gazette that he had a crew, named Frontline, which consisted of a group of guys who hung out in the Hamilton area.

Frontline is now considered one of Bermuda's first organised gangs

At the time Mr Rawlins said the outbreaks of violence were being sparked by rivalries over women and turf, as opposed to drugs.

Over the past two years Bermuda has seen more than 40 people shot most have been a result of gang violence.

Mr Rawlins' murder prompted UP! (formerly Uptown Market Association) and the Chewstick Foundation to hold a press conference in North Hamilton asking the community to take a stand against violence and find solutions to Bermuda's social problems.

Mr Rawlins was Bermuda's eleventh murder in 15 months.

Police predicted his murder could result in an immediate uptick in shootings.

David Cox, 35, was arrested and charged for the premeditated murder of Mr Rawlins. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is due to start in the new year.

Murder: A police officer stands guard at a cordon outside of the Spinning Wheel nightclub on Court Street where Raymond Troy (Yankee) Rawlins was killed.

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm)

August Year in review: ‘Yankee' Rawlins murder shocks Court St community

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