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St George's Cup Match and Bermuda cricketer Fiqre Crockwell died after being shot in Pembroke yesterday. Mr Crockwell, 30, was fatally wounded near DeSilva Close, in the area of Woodlands Road, shortly before 3am.

He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A second victim, a 46-year-old Pembroke man, was in hospital yesterday after police discovered him with stab wounds in the same location as Mr Crockwell.

Yesterday afternoon, police said he was recovering in a stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said: “It is unclear whether the shooting victim and stabbing victim were involved in the same incident or separate incidents.”

Officers are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who left a nearby function at Goose Gosling Field at about 3am, to get in touch. Mr Crockwell is the 29th man to die as a result of gun violence in Bermuda since May 2009 and the second this year, after Patrick Dill on May 21.

The Governor, George Fergusson, called the attacks “desperately sad”.

Mr Fergusson said in a statement: “I condemn in the strongest terms those who go about with illegal guns.

“There is not the slightest reason or excuse and the lack of respect for life, which it implies, is appalling. I send my condolences to Mr Crockwell's bereaved family.

“I also pay tribute to the work of the police and others in preventing other tragedies of the same kind in the recent past. Only a few people appear to be involved in this. But everyone can play some part in stopping it. Anyone who knows anything about today's attacks should contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

“But I hope everyone can pause to consider how to help, either by advising someone at risk of committing such offences to change course; or to consider less direct but important things like volunteering with youth groups and mentoring programmes, or informally helping a family or young person. All this can help.

“We can't just accept these events, or decide it is for someone else to fix.”

Senator Jeff Baron, the Minister of National Security, said: “It is heart-wrenching to confront another tragic loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers will hopefully bring some measure of comfort to Mr Crockwell's family and friends. It will be important for any witnesses to make every effort to assist the police while such terrible events are fresh in their minds.”

Mr Baron added that he expects to be briefed by police today. “I am confident in the full investigation that is already under way,” he said.

Mr Crockwell was a wicketkeeper-batsman at club and international level, and also a key player for St David's, whom he helped to victory in a top-of-the-table match against Bailey's Bay as recently as last weekend.

He last represented the country in June 2015 while on tour to Jamaica in preparation for the ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 Championship in Indianapolis.

The Bermuda Cricket Board said: “The Bermuda Cricket Board expresses its shock and sadness at the loss today of Fiqre Crockwell. We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends at this difficult time.”

Anyone with information should contact Acting Inspector Kenten Trott on 717-2345 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

Scene of the crime: police at Woodlands Road, Pembroke, where cricketer Fiqre Crockwell was fatally shot and another man was stabbed in the early hours of yesterday morning (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)
Sporting loss: Fiqre Crockwell celebrates a half-century at the 2014 Cup Match in Somerset (File photograph)
Fiqre Crockwell

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Published June 21, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 21, 2016 at 9:21 am)

Cricketer Crockwell fatally shot

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