James P. Cockayne was in St. John's Virgin Islands getting ready to start a new job...then he was murdered in June. His killer is at large, his family haunted and distraught.
His killer or killers are still at large. Makes you wonder how safe a vacation in paradise would be for you, eh?
He had his whole life ahead of him. Again, he was stabbed to death in the Virgin Islands in JUNE:
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New Hope man killed in Virgin IslandsBy RILEY YATES phillyBurbs.com
A 21-year-old man from New Hope was murdered last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he had moved to become a boating instructor.
James P. Cockayne, a 2005 graduate of New Hope-Solebury, was stabbed to death in the early hours of June 19; emergency crews found him just feet from his rental car, his family said.
“From what we heard, he was being followed, stalked, hunted, whatever you would call it,” said his older brother, Jeff Cockayne.
Cockayne had moved in May to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was awaiting paperwork that would allow him to work at a yacht club on the island Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Friends and family remembered him as a free spirit with a wild side, an infectious smile and a fun-loving way. Two days before his death, he had been home for a family wedding.
“He was a little charmer,” said his longtime girlfriend, Tara Broad. “He charmed everyone and made everyone feel so special.”
On the evening of his death, he told his mother he was going out and would be back in two hours, said family friend Barbara Alba.
“He never came home,” Alba said.
The family said Cockayne was seen about 10:30 p.m. leaving a bar called Woody's Seafood Saloon. Two hours later, police were called to a scene blocks from St. John's central tourist area, where Cockayne was bleeding profusely.
Cockayne was stabbed many times, including a wound near his groin that punctured his femoral aorta, his family said. He also appeared to have been struck in the head with a blunt object.
Police said emergency crews detected faint signs of life when they arrived. Cockayne was taken to Myrah Keating Clinic, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m.
Maybe if people raised a hue and cry like they did with Natalee Holloway (see http://www.blogsfornatalee.com/ ), his murder would be solved? No one wants this family to experience a three ring circus, but surely they must be dealing with an island government that probably only cares about their tourism dollars?
What would happen if tourists stopped going? What if people went someplace else for destination weddings?
Doesn't his poor family deserve peace and closure?
Pease take a moment to write your elected representatives (http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml )and demand Justice for Jamie. Also take a moment to write to these Virgin Island Officials:
Attorney General Vincent F. Frazer, Esq firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Department James H. McCall Police.Commissioner@vipd.gov.vi
Department of Tourism Beverly Nicholson Doty email@example.com
see http://cbs3.com/bucks/local_story_177233834.html and http://www.stjohntradewindsnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1662&Itemid=1