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Six Men Questioned Over Killing

By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A NUMBER of people are being questioned by police in connection with the most recent Family Island murder. Superintendent Noel Curry, stationed on Abaco, confirmed yesterday evening that six men are currently in police custody and undergoing questioning regarding the fatal shooting of Claude Collins of Marsh Harbour last week. According to police reports, Mr Collins was shot a number of times in the chest shortly before 8pm on Friday while standing in front of a home in Sweeting's Village. He was taken to a local clinic where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said. However, residents claim Mr Collins died at the scene. Suspicious men were seen "scouting the area" earlier that day, one resident said, and had been seen in the area a week prior. "(Collins) is known to have association with human trafficking, and that usually includes drug trafficking. It's a hit," said the resident. He said Mr Collins "went outside to get a smoke, he sat on the porch and someone shot him five to six times in the chest. The coroner said whoever shot him was making sure they killed him". According to the resident, a boat was seen leaving the shore about 1,000 feet away from the scene shortly after the shooting. While there are a number of people being interviewed by police, Supt Curry said he is not sure if charges will be brought. He said: "I do not know if charges will be brought against them, police are working feverishly to resolve this matter."

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