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Two men, aged 26 and 31, are in police custody in connection with the shooting of Fiqre Crockwell, who was killed in the early hours of Monday.

Police said that authorities moved swiftly, with one arrested that same day and a second on Tuesday.

Mr Crockwell, 30, a St George's Cup Match and former Bermuda cricketer, was fatally wounded in the area of Woodlands Road, Pembroke, shortly before 3am on Monday, as revellers left a Bermuda Heroes Weekend function at the BAA car park.

Although an investigation continues, the victim has not been identified as being involved in any of the island's gangs.

Meanwhile, the stabbing victim at the same incident has been identified as Kirk Butterfield. Mr Butterfield, a member of staff at Care Learning Centre, is said to be recovering well in hospital. The 46-year-old son of the former Progressive Labour Party minister Neletha Butterfield, posted on social media the news of his wellbeing and had no qualms last night in giving The Royal Gazette permission to republish an image of him in hospital.

He was admitted after police discovered him with stab wounds in the same location. Like Mr Crockwell, he, too, has a prominent sporting past, having featured in the same Bermuda Under-18 football team that contained Shaun Goater in his early days as a professional with Manchester United.

Police have not established whether the two incidents were linked, but will welcome any information from the public.

“It's about putting the pieces together, no matter how small,” said Acting Inspector Kenten Trott, who is the senior investigating officer in the case.

The first alert of a disturbance was received by police at 2.57am, followed “moments later” by calls of a shooting.

“There were people in the immediate area where the shooting took place,” Mr Trott said. “We're appealing for all to come forward if they have not done so, and we would like to thank those witnesses who have come forward.”

Assistant Commissioner Antoine Daniels gave sincere condolences to the Crockwell family for their loss, which “obviously has been a very traumatic time for everyone — especially considering how this happened with a number of people present on Woodlands Road at the time”.

Mr Crockwell, he said, was a young man in the prime of his life — a father, brother, uncle, son and friend to many.

“It is the second shooting death of the year and the 29th gun death since 2009, when the shooting increases began,” he said. “When we consider that 29 men have lost their lives to gun violence and 63 on our roads alone in the preceding six years, this has to cause concern in the Bermuda community.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 247-1739 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

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Published June 23, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 23, 2016 at 7:50 am)

Crockwell shooting: two arrested

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