October 2021: Double murder at busy restaurant rocks island
The most shocking headline of the month was the murder of two men at a busy bar in broad daylight.
Micah Davis and Ayinde Eve were killed on October 27 at the Robin Hood bar and restaurant on Hamilton’s Richmond Road.
Two other men – one of them an off-duty police officer – suffered gunshot wounds during the attack.
Terrified customers, including young children, fled for cover as more than 20 shots were fired.
The Robin Hood’s restaurant manager later described the scenes of chaos and fear after gunshots rang out.
Zakaria Ibraheem said when he heard the first shot he started to usher about a dozen diners, including at least one small child, into the kitchen for protection.
Mr Ibraheem, a former soldier in the Egyptian Army, added: “I heard the bullets, the shooting.
“There was a lot of commotion and screaming, and I was trying to say to the customers – the females and the kids – to get into the kitchen.
“There was shooting from both sides. I was just trying to save people. They were lying on the ground.”
A customer at the bar later told The Royal Gazette how he comforted one of the victims as he lay dying.
The man said: “I tried to save that one boy’s life. I was holding his head, talking to him before the cops got here.
“I got upset when he passed. I got a son that age. I tried to do the best I could.”
A man and a woman were later arrested and charged with the double murder.
Another incident that horrified the public was when a couple were held at knifepoint during a robbery at their home in Smith’s.
The woman was allegedly the victim of a sex assault during the attack by two men.
Police said the incident was “heinous”.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Nick Pedro said: “We will work tirelessly to identify the suspects and bring them to justice, but we also need the public’s help.”
Two men have since been charged in connection with the incident.
There was other grim news among the weeks of bleak headlines.
The death toll linked to Covid-19 passed the 100 milestone at the end of the month, although the number of active infections continued to decline.
There was also more death on the roads.
Tilhan Chitrananda became the fourth road fatality of the year after two vehicles were in collision on North Shore Road near the junction with Tamarisk Hill in Smith’s.
But October also gave the island a reason to cheer.
Bermuda’s Olympic gold winner Flora Duffy returned home for the first time since her triathlon victory at the Tokyo Olympics in July.
Thousands of fans came out to applaud the star athlete as she was taken on a motorcade tour of the island.
David Burt, the Premier, welcomed Ms Duffy home when the motorcade stopped off at the Cabinet Office in Hamilton.
Mr Burt told her: “You gave us lasting memories and filled us with an unforgettable sense of pride.”