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Man shot dead near Clearwater Beach named as Laje Franklin

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Laje Franklin, 18, the victim of a gun murder near Clearwater Beach, St David’s (Photograph from Bermuda Police Service)

An 18-year-old shot dead on Tuesday night was named last night by police.

A spokesman said that the dead man was Laje Franklin, from St George’s.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford said the investigation into the killing continued.

He added: “I would like to thank the public as many people have already come forward offering information and support to the police.

“It is a testament to the closeness of the community in the east of the island that has been impacted by this killing.”

Mr Franklin’s body was found by a passer-by out for some exercise at about 6.30am on Wednesday near Clearwater Beach, St David’s.

A police spokesman appealed for anyone with CCTV or dashboard camera footage from 10.30pm to 11.30pm on Tuesday in the areas of St George’s and St David’s to save it as it may be “vital to the investigation”.

Police respond to the grim discovery of a man shot dead near Clearwater Beach (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Video can be uploaded direct to the police at portal.police.bm/crime.

Anyone with any information that could help the police inquiry should call 211 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.