A sixteen-year-old boy in the neighboring island of Antigua and Barbuda has been remanded to the prison there, after being charged with murder.
On Thursday, the teenager who cannot be named under the Child’s Protection Act was accused of killing Syrian national Roudi Shmaly during a robbery at the Pick N Mix Minimart.
Shmaly, who was in the adjacent Chicken Hub, was alerted to the armed robbery and rushed over to the mart, but was shot at point-blank range.
Shmaly was shot and killed on Monday, as the robber made good on his escape with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The entire Syrian community in Antigua has been crying out since the killing.
Shmaly only arrived in Antigua during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He reportedly came with the intention to work, to return to Syria to marry his sweetheart, whom he had been engaged to prior to his arrival in Antigua.
Shmaly did not get to celebrate his 26th birthday. He died at the tender age of 25.
A candlelight vigil was held in his honor in Antigua on Thursday night.
He was described as someone who was well-loved.
This is Antigua and Barbuda’s first homicide for the year.