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Police appeal for witnesses on fifth anniversary of murder

Murdered: Jahcari Francis (File photograph)

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to the murder of Jahcari Francis, who was killed five years ago today, to come forward.

Mr Francis, 20, was shot inside a residence on Upland Street in Devonshire at about 10.40pm on July 19, 2017. He was with three other people but they were not injured.

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after this shooting, the police made an appeal for witnesses that lived in the area who might have heard the gunshots and/or saw the shooter, who was on a motorcycle, to come forward.

“Today, as in previous years, we are renewing our appeal on the date of Jahcari’s murder and now the investigative team is looking to speak with two people.

“One of them drove by seconds before the shooting and saw a motorcycle parked at the driveway to the residence where this homicide occurred.

“The second person was standing at the gate of Upland Street and Middle Road, Devonshire. This is critical to our lines of enquiry.”

The spokesman added: “The Bermuda Police Service thanks the public for all assistance received so far and today’s appeal is for more assistance to help confirm key information, so that we can bring closure to the family of Jahcari and ensure those responsible for his murder are brought to justice.”

Police said anyone with information should contact them, no matter how insignificant the information may seem.

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith, the senior investigating officer, can be contacted on 717-0864 or on e-mail at jsmith2@bps.bm.

People can even call the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.