Gun violence, the human toll
An estimated 32 children have lost their fathers, four of them before they were even born. Since Kenwandee ‘Wheels’ Robinson was murdered two years ago, 18 islanders have been shot and killed. We told the stories of those left behind of how they were coping with the loss of loved ones in a special 10-page report.
Broke and stranded in Bermuda on a boat
The captain and crew of the disused casino boat Niobe Corinthian claimed they were owed more than $28,000 in wages and could not leave Bermuda until they were paid. In August a judge ruled in their favour and the men returned to their native Honduras. The men lived off donations from the Bermuda Industrial Union and local charities as well as catching fish from the side of the vessel.
Group offers cash for guns
Crime Stoppers set up a programme to offer ‘substantial’ rewards for information about guns. The group said that gun crime was a big fear and it had set up a fund of $100,000 for tips leading to a conviction in a shooting.
Tourists allowed for Derby
Overseas runners were allowed to compete in the Half-Marathon Derby for the first time in more than 30 years. The decision sparked a debate over whether non-residents should be allowed to take part in the iconic event. The race was won by Chris Estwanik with Deon Breary taking the ladies title.
Swans stay on for UBP
Kim and Charlie Swan vowed to represent the UBP after most of the party members defected to join the One Bermuda Alliance. They both intend to fight the next general election as UBP candidates.
Warner gets guilty verdict
Kevin Warner, 21, was found guilty of shooting his 'friend' Dekimo ‘Purple’ Martin in the back three times in Sandys in May 2010. He was later given a life sentence but is eligible for parole after 35 years.
The motive for the murder remains a mystery. Warner had previously been acquitted, along with three of others, of the murder of Kellon Hill.
AirTran’s inaugural flight
Former Transport Minister Terry Lister is surrounded by cheerleaders from the Atlanta Falcons, right. The cheerleaders flew in to help celebrate AirTran’s first flight to Bermuda from Atlanta. AirTran also started flights from Baltimore.
Year in Review 2011