From left: Glenroy Industrious Jr. and Edread “Beef” Stoutt
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Four years ago today, two friends left an entertainment venue at Josiah's Bay, but before they could get out of the area, their vehicle came under heavy gunfire from unknown assailants. It was October 12, 2008 that Edread 'Beef' Stoutt and Glenroy Industrious Jr., fondly known as 'Glenny', were brutally gunned down in a rental vehicle.
For two years, relatives visited the gravesites of the men at the Road Town cemetery on their death anniversary, but this year there was no such visit, although the search for closure remains just as relentless today as it was four years ago.
Stoutt's brother, Nigel Williams told BVI Platinum News that not visiting the site this year is not a sign that the family is losing hope.
"It's just that we have other plans on when we are going there to do some other stuff. Right now I think everybody is just trying to keep a level mindset about today, even though it's hard. But in the near future we will be going to the gravesite to pay our respects," Williams stated.
He explained that it has been very hard for the family in the past four years.
"We are still awaiting answers and hoping one day we will get some kind of closure for it all. We haven't heard anything about any arrest or heard from the police for years now about anything, but we pray more and more each day that something would come up that we would get to know who, what or why," Williams explained.
Williams said the most painful part about the ordeal is missing a family member who "covered up so many holes in our lives and with him out of the picture we've had that empty spot for four years now."
Williams said the family has left the arrest part up to God to cast judgment on the person(s) that participated in the shooting. He said their only appeal is for justice as they go on day to day living and looking for answers from the Father.
Family and friends on October 12, 2010
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Asked what appeal he wanted to make to police investigators, Williams said, "At least for some answers about the investigation; about this murder because it has been four years now and we haven't heard a word from anybody. So we just need some kind of answer or information on what has been going on for the past four years."
Police Information Officer, Diane Drayton said the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of persons responsible for the murders.
Persons with information are asked to contact any Detective from the Major Crime Team on 468 2718. All information will be treated in complete confidence. Persons can also provide that information to the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 468-9339 or to the Crimestoppers anonymous hotline number, 800-TIPS or 800-8477.