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Jul 31, 2009

Family still suspects foul play for youth’s death

Story PictureAnd while police were forthcoming with information on today’s fatal shooting, they did not shed any light on the circumstances leading to the death of sixteen year old St. Michael’s College student, Kevin Francis. Francis’ body was retrieved from behind the BTIA building near the Memorial Park on Monday. He had been hanging from the lower part of the building with a cord tied around his neck. Police stood guard over the body almost all of Monday until the pathologist arrived and reportedly hurried the family to bury Francis. The anticipated post mortem did not yield the results the family had suspected – foul play. The family says Francis left home last Saturday afternoon after he had a dispute with his mother. It was not strange, they say, because he always went but came back. But this time he didn’t. After the police Pathologist, Dr. Mario Estradabran told the media that he was of the opinion that Francis died from hanging, the family began their own investigations.

On Tuesday, the family alleged that they had received eye witness accounts that police shot Francis on East Collet Canal on Saturday night and then moved him in a vehicle. Today Deputy Commanding Officer of the Crimes Investigations Branch, Inspector Hilberto Romero, told News Five that the matter remains under investigation and that he had no comment on the family’s allegations.

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