Murder in West Bay

| 16/09/2013

(CNS) Updated: Police have begun the first murder investigation in West Bay since September 2011, when there was a string of gang-related killings in the district. An RCIPS spokesperson confirmed the fatal shooting of a man in Daisy Lane at around 10pm Sunday night. Police said officers responded to a call that gunshots were fired in the area, and when officers arrived at the scene, they found that a man had been shot dead. The murder victim is Irvin Garlon Bush (52) of Miss Daisy Lane. "It would appear that he was entering his residence when he was attacked," police stated early Monday. The man is understood to be the father of Robert Mackford Bush, who was killed in the district's gang related shootings in September 2011.

A murder investigation has been launched with an incident room at George Town police station. The murder incident room hotline is 925-7240.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting, or has any information can also contact George Town police station on 949-4222, the RCIPS tip-line 949-7777 or Crime Stoppers 800-8477 (TIPS).

The murder of Irvin Bush is the first this year and nine months since the last fatal shooing in the islands, when Jackson Rainford was shot and killed in George Town. Tareeq Ricketts (22) was convicted of his murder last month following a trial by jury and sentenced to life in prison.

Robert Mackford Bush, the son of the latest victim, as well as Andrew Baptiste and Preston Rivers were the three young men killed in the gang related violence two years ago in September 2011 in West Bay. Since then Brian Borden has been charged with Bush's murder and has been on remand at Northward since August last year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again…. Throwing stones in glass houses and looking for someone other than ourselves to blame.

    Don't you all realize, Caymanians and Foreigners alike, that this is not just a district affair but rather a country affair? Another festering issue! It affects us all. Shootings and or killings have taken place in each of the five districts in Grand Cayman. 

    Remind me again as to why we are blaming the current government? Shootings and murders have happened under the watch of both governments, UDP and PPM alike. What sparks my curiosity at this moment is where are the loud speaking, lip service giving want to be politicians that were such law abiding community serving advocates? Who promised just a few months ago to give the country a face lift? How things would be so much better and how committed to the community they would be – if we just gave them a shot at it? Yet now that the "race" is over, it seems as though there is nothing left to fight for. Since they love this country so much, and wanted a change, why haven't any of them come forward to assist with addressing this festering problem? Like I said earlier "Lip Service" at its finest! 

    Where are these people who want to take Cayman back? Caymanians and Foreigners alike, we ALL call this place home! Organize a "Peace Rally"? Protest and force the people and the government to address the issues? Stand up for something or you will all fall for anything!

    Its going to take a long time before the tides change for Cayman. We as a people always look for someone or something to blame. Yet we never quite look at the big picture. Children are learners of thier biggest "role model", thier parents! They are our reflection and what we display as a parent or a country they will embrace; because it becomes the norm…

    You never know what will happen with the actions you take, but you already know what the results will be when no action is taken….

    My condolences to ALL families who have lost a loved one due to acts of violence… Peace be with you.

    • Anonymous says:

      FYI, its not a glass house anymore. remember the goverment now has a state of the art building. So the stones not even gonna reach the steps.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It seems to me that Customs bears a lot of responsibility for these shootings because these weapons are entering this country somehow. There are a finite number of containers coming here. There are a finite number of bags coming through the airlines. There are a finite number of boats arriving along our coastline. No weapons are manufactured ehre. Is there any will in this country to stem the flow of illegal weapons?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Pray does work and it is comments like yours why GOD has visited us in such a serious way. Get down on your knees and PRAY. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Blah blah

  5. Anonymous says:

    Prayer is needed over these islands and we must never grow tired of praying. God helps those who help themselves, this being said people need to speak up about what they know, if and when they have knowldge of what is happening.

  6. Anonymous says:

    No death penalty here is what the problem is. NWP is a luxury for them to grow old in. They need to bring these bastards out of they’re cages and let them slave on the grounds night and day, rain or shine. In other words WORK THEM TO DEATH! And by the looks of things. NWP will soon have a 90% life sentence population! So might as well start looking for another prison built for the lesser sentenced convicts. This is SICK! And what pisses me off more is that these gunmen know each other. They live in the same island, grew up with each other, chilled with one another’s family and then they turn to this?!? Man the devil is becoming stronger on this rock. But you know where I lay blame? On government’s lack of concern, parents lack of care, the churches lack of faithfulness and of course the industries lack of work. And you see these MLA’s with all their comforts? They are failing to see that their people getting fed up! But guess what? It only a matter of time when everybody will feel it. When everybody will be affected. And by then Cayman will be classified third world, and rightfully so. You know this island reminds me of a Hollywood career. They rise up and are the best thing in the world and then they slowly start to fade away to just but a memory. Poof! Gone!

  7. ScaredToBeInCayman says:

    Such a sad story. May rest in peace.  Prepare yourself for more violence… Cayman is in a sad state of affairs.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Most of these "gang members" are from our own country GRAND CAYMAN, so tell me.. how Bush let them in? I wish people would grow up sometimes and take matters like this serious and stop blaming other people. The person(s) have the right amount of sense to know exactly what a gun can do to someone.. If you shoot at someone most likely your intensions are is to kill that individual right? We need to come together to HELP stop the crime in our beautiful country and stop bringing down one another and the leaders of the country because at the end of the day it's them who run it . The RCIPS do need to step up and do there job but it's not a easyjob either.. it does take time in everything

  9. Anonymous says:

    This will not be the last murder – there will sadly probably be a retaliation one from those who have allegiance to the other side of the gang dispute (which apparently doesn't exist according to the authorities!)

  10. Anonymous says:

    What is happening on this Island is beyond sad. Another shooting took place last night too, in Lower Valley, but I have not seen or heard any report on that one. It is my understanding that a lady was shot at going into her house. If the police do not step up to the job and get a grip on all of this criminal activity there soon won't be anything left for any of us living here. It is vexing and frightening what is going on in this place.

    CNS: Woman shot at outside her home in BT

  11. Anonymous says:

    Live by the gun die by the gun… Here we go again, it's going to blow up in the next few months, its being quite for the last two years, now the brothers and sister in the gangs are two years older, the youth of today don't care about anything, they live for the moment and do care if they're dead or in prison with their homies.

    Crime is getting out of hand, it is time for our elected politians to take control of our law enforcement, the current commissioner and he deputies don't seem to be doing their jobs and are definitely not in control of Caymans streets. 


    • Anonymous says:

      The RCIPS Police Commissioner and his crew needs to GO NOW…this country we call home has not seen this many unsolved murders in our history. We need to stand together as Caymanians and get this man and his crew outta here ASAP. Maybe the new Governer can help us revoke his contract with his remaining 4 years, we'll be better off to pay him off and send him on his merry way with no even with a one way ticket, half way will be good.

      • SSM345 says:

        Perhaps if the family members, friends or significant others of these gunmen did the right thing by telling the truth the RCIPS wouldn't have such a difficult time. People know exactly who these yobs are committing the crimes but they do absolutely nothing to help. The murderers and these people should be cast in the same limelight in my opinion as they are essentially protecting them from court system.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hatred breeds hatred… it is a vicious cycle. 



  13. Anonymous says:

    I lay the blame on the Government for keeping these convicted criminals here.  Number one the judges need to sentence them all to life time, and they should be taken away fromour jurisdiction.  What is England doing beside sending all of her people down here to make and break us.  She is nbot doinganything to help; for crying out loud, why dont she take these long term prisoners up there.  No she wont  I guess all she would care about is who be Premier of Cayman.   My sympathy to the family, and shame on West Bay if you know something and do not say.  One day it my be your child or grand child.  Talk.

    • Anonymous says:

      Most of these criminals ARE from here.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, you actually know most the criminals? Mmmm.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sure they are, just like who is going out at the nights  with dive suits  night light in the ocean cleaning our sea of all the conch and lobsters.  These are not Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes that's right, the government killed this poor man.

    • Anonymous says:

      Err..Bush let in most of the criminals, not the British. Also, all these expats take all "your" jobs right? So they should leave, because Cayman can do it better, right? Except policing and courts when it should be the Brits? Make up your mind…please…

    • Anonymous says:
      What are you taking about?
      First it’s get rid of the Xpats, now it’s get rid of your criminals as well and dump them on someone else?
      With the entitlement tribe, expense of business/living here, and the crime spats, this place is heading to the bottom of the ocean faster than the Titanic 
    • Cheese Face says:

      What the hell are you going on about? Why should England take Cayman's convicted criminals? I hate England as much as the next jock…. I mean person! But seriously, deal with your own problems.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry, the only one to blame are 'DRUGS'  I hope I got this next bit right Hawaii has a program where the drug offender is arrested and found a job/ does community service (the low risk prisoners are already able to do this), he is then tested without warning  if he gets tested positive then he does his prison term for that offence PLUS the first one with no comforts (sorry human rights). If we can help the addicts then there will be no sales for the suppliers. And yes I know this is easier said then done but we have to start somewhere. I can't imagaine losing a child or parent by gun fire and I can not just assume this was drug related killing, blessings and strength goes out to the family.

    • Anonymous says:

      If CNS had an icon picture of a tamarind switch, I would "buss your tail" for your comment ! smh

  14. Anonymous says:

    Good help us that this will not be a begging of a chain of a bad ending again. Like when so many mother lost there son and families hears was bleeding inside.

    God please protect these Islands and keep our kids safe from all bad thinks around us.
    My condoling go out to Mr. Bush family. God keep all of us safe . Amen.
    • Anonymous says:

      The constant relying on some god to save us, is the very reason why criminals and politicians florish.

      When you know or hear something, call the police. That's the only thing that helps.


    • Anonymous says:

      God apperently failed. Or maybe doesn't even excist.

    • Anonymous says:

      These families produce too many criminals and then they can't understand it when things like this happen.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What a coincidence that Irvin was killed exactly 2 years after Andrew Baptist was killed in West Bay.  Was this retaliation for that murder.  It was rumored that Irvin was one of the people responsible for Andrew's death, and Andrew  was the person who had fingers pointed at him for Robert's death. Strange? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Talk the facts not propaganda!  Irvin Bush was in no way responsible for Baptiste's death!  Stay off the comments page if you have nothing better to do than talk what you don't know!

      • SSM345 says:

        11:34, so if you know, why have these people not been arrested? Not only are those that committ these crimes responsible, but people like you that say absolutely nothing are just as guilty by hiding the truth. Thanks for playing a part in ruining the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you know so much I hope you are assisting the police rather than writing on here..

  16. Anonymous says:

    Chances are whoever killed Robert Bush killed his father as well. This is so sad that these types of pre meditated murders are happening. What’s even more disturbing is the chances of the killer(s) being caught are slim to none.

    If the RCIPS wants a real chance at putting this murder behind bars they should fork up some cash. Sad, but the only way someone will come forward with information to help the police convict this person would be by offering a sum of cash that he or she can’t resist.

  17. Anonymous says:

    OMG so sad.  This whole family is being killed over foolisness!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Violence begets violence….so sad. I pray that this does not led to another stream of gun play in West.