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Diante Trimm (Photograph supplied)

Police have named Diante Trimm, a 37-year-old mother of five, as the victim of the latest fatal shooting.

While the murder was described as a “targeted attack”, police did not confirm if Ms Trimm was the intended target.

Chief Inspector Derricka Burns said: “The detectives in this investigation are still gathering information evidence to identify who and why.”

Mr Burns said Ms Trimm was shot inside her home on South Terrace, Pembroke, at about 12.35am on Friday.

“Despite immediate medical intervention by police officers and emergency technicians, she later succumbed to her injury at the hospital,” Ms Burns said.

“This incident marks the second murder in Bermuda this year, but the first death involving gun violence.

Chief Inspector Derricka Burns addresses the media yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit are actively pursuing all leads and are appealing to the public for any information that could assist in the investigation.

“We urge anyone who may have witnessed anything unusual or who may have additional information to come forward. The public’s co-operation is crucial in helping to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice.

“What we do not want is for people to retaliate or take matters into their own hands. Come forward and let the police handle this through the criminal justice system.”

She described the crime as “deeply upsetting” and that police were working tirelessly to gather all the facts.

Ms Burns confirmed that no arrests had been made in the case but efforts had been made to gather CCTV footage.

Antoine Daniels, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, said one firearms incident was too many. He said that Ms Trimm was a young woman killed in the prime of her life.

“She is a mother who leaves to mourn five children and was callously shot and killed inside of her private residence, a place where all of us should feel safe and secure,” he said.

“Tragically, this is the ninth female to be murdered in Bermuda since 2008 and the second since 2020 with the use of a firearm.”

Mr Daniels said additional officers would be out in the community to discourage further violence.

He said North Hamilton in particular would be monitored after the murder, noting that there was another shooting in the area earlier this year.

“We are not saying that these things are related, we are not saying that they are not, but because these incidents are in specific areas of North Hamilton, we are targeting those areas for higher engagement,” he said.

“We have our legal powers in place in terms of stop and search, so we are doing a number of things differently and have stepped up our patrols.”

Mr Daniels said that the police would reveal more about its holiday policing plans later this week as the island celebrated National Heroes Day and various Carnival festivities.

“The BPS will have multiple officers on duty, on patrol on our roads, in and around the various functions, and we will be exercising our powers to reduce incidents of violence,” he said.

He also revealed that at about 6pm last Wednesday police recovered what is believed to be a live firearm.

“That weapon is currently being forensically examined and tested for its operational capability,” Mr Daniels said.

Anyone with information about the murder of Ms Trimm is urged to contact Inspector Clifford Roberts at 717-0590 or croberts2@bps.bm.

Alternatively, anyone with relevant information can provide anonymous tips through the Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477, or via the website, crimestoppers.bm.

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