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The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said it has charged one man in relation to the gunning down of Justin Cox-Beckles.

Justin Cox-Beckles was shot to death at Rock Plaza in Blue Hills on Sunday.

The man has been identified as Brian Francis, 27, of South Dock, Providenciales. Francis was charged on Thursday, August 4 by RTCIPF crime sleuths.

Cox-Beckles was shot to death in the early hours of Sunday 24th July, 2022, at Rock Plaza. The police said he received a single gunshot wound during the incident and, despite the efforts of those assisting him to the hospital and medical staff, he died of his injury.

Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting, who earlier appealed for public assistance to solve Cox-Beckles’ and other murders, praised the efforts of his investigators and members of the public who assisted in Francis’ arrest.

“These charges follow extensive enquiries by the RTCIPF Investigations Team, “ Botting said, while cautioning that while a man was arrested, justice has not yet been served.

“However, this charge does not mean the end of the investigation; it remains active. This incident involved a number of others who took part in fighting at the scene.

“I am again, urging witnesses and others with information regarding this incident to speak out so that all of those involved can be identified and brought to justice. If you were a witness or have any information, please contact the police on 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 8477 (TIPS). Your call will be treated in confidence,” the commissioner pleaded.

Commissioner Botting added: “In my recent press release on this investigation, I spoke about the responsibilities of those with knowledge of this incident to speak out. I am urging community leaders or family members of those who know something to encourage and support witnesses to come forward. Crime is everybody’s business and none more so when a young innocent life is taken so callously.”


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