In a tragic and senseless turn of events, Mason Hall Secondary School student Precious Wills, aged 17, lost her life to gun violence at the UpTop bar and lounge in Tobago.
Wills, a resident of Bon Accord, was enjoying a night out with friends when gunshots rang out and chaos ensued.
She was found unresponsive at the scene, while another female companion was gravely injured.
Despite being rushed to the hospital, Wills succumbed to her injuries while the other woman remains in critical condition.
"This tragedy marks the ninth homicide in Tobago this year, leaving the island community reeling. Wills' family, upon visiting, requested privacy during this difficult time. The Tobago police are pursuing leads with the assistance of one man in their investigation.
News of the murder sent shockwaves through the online community, with many lamenting the rising gun violence in Tobago and raising questions about a minor's presence at an establishment selling alcohol."
"UpTop bar and lounge has responded to the tragedy with a statement expressing sorrow and a commitment to enhancing security measures at the venue.
The company assured that measures will be taken to protect patrons and prevent future incidents.
The statement acknowledged the grief of the deceased's family and friends and offered support for the injured patron."