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December 10, 2004

A single bullet cut short the life of sailor Franklyn “Frankie” Williams last Monday morning just outside the Philo’s Discotheque in Questelles.

The autopsy, done last Tuesday, showed that Williams died on the spot from the shot that pierced his head. {{more}}

Visiting the SEARCHLIGHT last Tuesday, Williams’ sister Urma Peters said: “I would like to know who the person is who done this; I would like them to be brought to justice and I would like to ask them questions.”

Williams, who also goes by the aliases “Shabba” and “Rat”, was shot while he and some friends who attended the fete were walking towards their vehicle around 2.30 a.m.

Reports are that one shot was heard followed by several others being fired in the area.

Peters said that she was told that the shots came from some nearby bushes on a bank in the area. According to the distressed sister, one of the bullets hit the car that her brother was walking towards.

Peters said her 38-year-old brother had come home from sailing on vacation and was scheduled to go back in January. He worked as a senior seaman on Explorer of the Seas, a ship owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The distraught sister said that to her knowledge, her brother, who had been sailing for 13 years, had no dispute with anyone. She said this claim was strengthened by the fact that the friends he was with on the fateful night said that there was no sign that this would have happened.

Originally from “Upstreet” in Kingstown, Williams had settled at Upper Cane Hall and has been described by residents in the area as “a very nice guy”.

“I feel devastated and puzzled because my brother is a cool guy who never got into no fight; I cannot come to grips with his death,” Peters added.

Williams is expected to be buried on Monday after a service at the Anglican Church in Kingstown. He leaves to mourn three daughters, seven sisters and two brothers.