Police appeal for witnesses to 2017 murder
Police have appealed for any witness to the murder of Jahcari Francis who was killed four years ago yesterday.
Mr Francis, 20, was shot to death while he was inside a residence on Upland Street, Devonshire, at approximately 10.40pm on July 19, 2017.
Lead Investigator, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith said: “The police have interviewed several persons and their co-operation is much appreciated.
“However, there are several people who witnessed suspicious activity on Upland Street, Devonshire that evening. Their co-operation is critical to bringing closure to this investigation.
“We once again appeal to those members of our community who were in the area of Upland Street at the material time to come forward.
“As has been seen in previous investigations, when the police and public work together we can solve these cases.”
Acting Detective Inspector Smith said that, although the case was four years old, it was still active. He said that new information had come to light in recent months which prompted the fresh appeal.
He said: “We believe from our inquiries that there are people who were in the Upland Street area who have information that could help solve this case.
“Perhaps they are not coming forward because of fear – that if they did come forward, there may be some repercussions.
“As is often the case, we rely on the community to help us in solving crimes. It’s one thing to have forensic evidence, but what you really need to secure a conviction is the eye-witness evidence – that person who’s testimony is going to corroborate the forensic evidence.
“I am confident that we will solve this case if we get people coming forward, but it’s going to be difficult if they don’t come forward.
“Jahcari’s family are grieving and are seeking some sort of closure. There are many people in our country who are grieving and we need to come together as a community to solve these crimes.”
Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Senior Investigations Officer Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, people can also contact the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.