With just two months to go before Guyana’s next general election, opposition activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was shot in the street last week while urging local residents to vote against the ruling party.
Crum-Ewing, a long-time staple on Guyana’s political stage, was found with three shots to the head and two to the body.
“I knew Courtney well,” said Morris Wilson, the central executive member of the People’s National Congress–Reform party and a colleague. “He was a descent man. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
Wilson believes the killing being so close to the election is no coincidence.
In a statement released shortly after the execution-style murder, Guyana’s Ministry of Home Affairs released a statement condemning “in the strongest possible terms, the shooting to death of Courtney Crum-Ewing by unknown person or persons.”
The minister of home affairs and the commissioner of police stated that the investigation into the murder would be thorough. No charges have been filed.
For months before his murder, Crum-Ewing staged a one-man daily protest calling for the resignation of the attorney general, Anil Nandall, who had threatened a local reporter in a recorded telephone conversation late last year.
Before his death, Crum-Ewing’s mini-bus was also vandalized, an act some believed to be politically motivated.
Crum-Ewing, 40 years of age, was buried Wednesday, March 18.