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Police are still on the hunt for the man they believe is behind Justin Manderson’s killing.
Mr Manderson, who was killed on Saturday (1 October,) was Cayman’s first recorded murder for 2016.
But while officers continue to search for their suspect, grieving relatives are left struggling to pick up the pieces.

Grieving father Jake Manderson, of Cinder Lane, said the killings have to end.

“This is got to stop. We lost too many young Caymanians through this foolishness,” he said, as he explained that when he heard there was a shooting, “I was hoping it was not my son.”

The younger Mr Manderson, a father of an 18-month old baby boy, was gunned down Saturday morning near Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road, after leaving a nightclub.

As his father explained, “That’s one of the reasons he never used to go out as often you know. Although I guess he did not want to be a prisoner in the house also you know.”

Last July, a murder charge against Mr. Manderson was dropped when witnesses refused to testify. He had also been previously found not guilty of attempted murder in a separate case.

“Justin had changed his life. He was going to work, coming home, taking care of his baby. He was a nice child,” his father said.

West Bay MLA and Opposition Leader Mckeeva Bush is calling for peace.

“I am hoping that we do not see any sort of retaliation and I am pleading to one and all not to encourage any such retaliation. This is a community and we all have to live here,” Mr Bush said.

The grieving father shared the same view, however he had a call of his own.

“I would really appreciate if anybody just come forward and let us know who done this we have to get justice for my son,” he sobbed.

Police are searching for a man who was seen leaving the scene. He is said to be light-skinned and wore his hair pulled back with a pony tail. He was seen wearing a light blue jean shorts.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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