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Public rallies round bar hit by double gun murder

The Robin Hood pub and restaurant (File photograph)

Crowds of people last night turned out in a show of support for a bar rocked by a double murder a week ago yesterday.

Dozens of people visited the Robin Hood Pub and restaurant in Hamilton after another bar owner rallied people round.

Rick Olson, who owns the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach on Front Street, said he appealed to friends to come out to the bar in the wake of the horrific shootings.

Mr Olson said: “As a fellow restaurant owner, I wanted to support my fellow business owners and their Bermudian staff.

“This could have happened anywhere. It could have happened at my place.”

Mr Olson said it was always a shock to hear about a shooting in Bermuda, but that it was important to help people who had been affected.

He added: “I had some people who said they weren’t going to be able to make it, but I urged them to order pizza if they could.”

The restaurant’s patio was alive with activity at 6pm last night as customers enjoyed beers and watched football.

Thom Farrow, a regular at the bar, said he was happy to come out to support the Richmond Road fixture.

Mr Farrow added: “Ultimately, events like the one that happened here are not the restaurant’s fault and right now restaurants need our support more than ever.

“I wasn’t here during the incident, but coming here regularly I have never seen anything like that, so I wanted to come back.

“I like the staff and I like the people.”

Another customer, who asked not to be named, said the pandemic had already hit restaurants across the island hard.

She said: “If we want the restaurants to stay open, then we need to come out and put our money where our mouth is.

“After what happened here, the last thing I wanted was for the people who work here to suffer any more than they already have.

“I cannot imagine what it must have been like to be here for that.”

A police spokesman last night confirmed that two people had been arrested in connection to the October 26 shooting and that the investigation continued.

Micah Davis, 22, who was celebrating his birthday, and Ayinde Eve, 27, were killed in the attack.

An off-duty police officer and another customer also were injured.

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