Three years have passed since Sherriff Taxi Driver, Keith Bowen also called “Keitho” was found dead in Sussex Street in the vicinity of Cemetery Road, near the Island Bridge. Bowen was killed just a day before he was to have been the Best Man at his brother’s wedding, on March 21, 2009. His murder is part of the “very long list” of unsolved murders in Guyana.
No one has been charged for Bowen’s murder, and relatives are less than optimistic that his killer(s) will be brought to justice. His mother Mrs. Fay King, when contacted by this newspaper said that since her son’s death, no police official has ever revisited the home. King said that even though she and her daughter kept going to the station in connection with the matter, they did not get favourable responses from the police.
Eventually, King said, she stopped going, since according to her, she has left everything in “the almighty’s hands”.
The woman said that she constantly has to try and answer questions which are asked by Bowen’s 12 year old son.
“From time to time he would ask about his father….I would try to explain what happened,” the woman told Kaieteur News.
King added that there were numerous speculations about her son’s murder. One was that he was killed by then wanted man Tyrone Rowe called ‘Cobra’.
However, the mother said that she does not believe that Rowe had anything to do with her son’s death. King was positive that her son was not involved in any illegality. Bowen’s stepfather Glen King did not hold back his thoughts about the investigation.
According to the man, the behavior of the ranks of the Guyana Police Force regarding the matter shows gross incompetence but he hopes that one day the family will get justice.
On the night of the murder, Bowen had already bought his suit and his mother had expected him to arrive at her home with pastry ingredients for the reception for his brother’s wedding.
Bowen was shot behind the right ear, and this had led to initial speculation that he was the victim of an execution-style killing. Reports suggest that Bowen was attacked and shot in his car shortly before his body was found in Sussex Street.
The attackers then dumped him out in West La Penitence in an area called Island Bridge, opposite the Le Repentir Cemetery.
Residents recalled hearing a single gunshot shortly before seeing Bowen lying on the parapet. One of the dead man’s sisters, Karen Bowen, told Kaieteur News that the family learned about the killing after a relative contacted the home by telephone.
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