Police appeal over 2018 murder
A detective asked residents to “be bold” today when police made a renewed appeal for information about the murder of a well-known dancer two years ago.
Taylor Grier was shot on a busy Court Street at about 10pm on July 27, 2018.
Detective Sergeant Dean Martin said yesterday: “This senseless act of violence took the life of one of Bermuda's most prominent dancers and a loving father and the Bermuda Police Service is committed to bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.
“We strongly believe there is someone who has information related to this incident either before or after the shooting took place.
“No matter how insignificant you believe the information you have is, we would like to hear from you.
“This will require individuals to be bold and to take a stand on violence in our community.”
Mr Martin, the lead investigator in the case, added: “The significant role the public plays in solving crime is evident from two recent court matters.
“The first being the conviction of two suspects in a 14-year-old murder and a suspect being arrested and charged in relation to a recent attempted murder in which the victim was shot multiple times.
“Please, if you know something we urge you to say something.”
A police spokesman said that Court Street was “abuzz with activity” when the murder happened.
He explained: “Video evidence of the incident confirmed two men on a motorcycle wearing dark clothing and full face visor helmets descended south on Till's Hill in the area of Elliot Street.
“The gunman got off the motorcycle and approached a group of men congregating in the area and opened fire, killing Mr Grier.
“The crowd rapidly dispersed, the gunman and his accomplice then got onto their motorcycle and travelled north on Court Street turning east onto Angle Street before making good their escape.
It was said in the days after his death that Mr Grier used his platform as a founding member of dance group Bermuda Squad to empower other young men.
He was described as a “great guy” who had “a very positive attitude”.
A cousin said later: “He was very passionate about music, dance, inspiring the youth, and spreading peace and positivity.
“The family was devastated to hear about Taylor's death.”
Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Sergeant Dean Martin on 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.