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WB Man arrested for murder of David Ebanks/Caymanian Rebecca Eldemire shot dead in USA by boyfriend

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West Bay Man arrested for Murder 

From RCIPS Fri Feb 6 2015 4:35 PM

Detectives from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, today arrested a 25 year old male resident of West Bay, on suspicion of murder.

This arrest was made in connection with the fatal shooting of David Ebanks on Friday 23 January 2015.

He was also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

The accused remains in custody.


Caymanian Rebecca Eldemire shot dead in USA by boyfriend

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 7.13.06 PMThe Eldemire family in the Cayman Islands are shocked to learn their family member, 21 year old Rebecca Eldemire, was found shot dead at her University in Ohio, USA earlier this week.

Full story from Channel 9 WCPO Cincinnati follows

911 call: Miami U student broke up with boyfriend, called cops for help night before her death

By Maxim Alter, Brian Mains

Coroner: Rebecca Eldemire killed in murder-suicide

OXFORD, Ohio – The night before her death, a Miami University junior called police to warn them about her ex-boyfriend.

Rebecca Eldemire, 21, was found dead in her bedroom Sunday morning, just feet from the body of 27-year-old Larry E. Tipton. A handgun sat between them, police said.

A preliminary Butler County coroner report states Tipton shot Eldemire and then himself at the Level 27 Apartments in the 3700 block of Southpointe Pkwy. at about 8:30 a.m.

Eldemire asked officers to come check on her less than 12 hours earlier.

“Hi, I live at Level 27 and I’m having a bit of an issue with my boyfriend,” Eldemire told a non-emergency dispatcher over the phone at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. “He’s coming in from out of town and wants to talk to me. He obviously knows where I live and I’m just a little nervous about the situation. I broke up with him today.”

The New Albany, Ohio native said Tipton, of Columbus, was about 15 minutes away when she called and she was hoping an officer could come check on her.

Eldemire said Tipton never threatened or hurt her, but was “a little violent” after she broke up with him that morning.

“I drove up to Columbus to talk to him earlier (Saturday) morning,” she told the dispatcher. “He was just throwing things around.”

She said Tipton owned guns, but she didn’t think he would bring any of them.

The dispatcher told her to lock her door and wait for officers to get there.

The officers arrived at her apartment at 9:56 that night. They said the situation was treated as a “public assist” after they found Tipton waiting in the complex parking lot.

“At the request of Ms. Eldemire, Mr. Tipton was escorted up to her apartment where they had a conversation with officers present,” Oxford Police Sgt. Jon Varley said. “After a brief conversation, Ms. Eldemire told officers they could leave as they were no longer needed.”

The next morning, Eldemire’s roommates said they were startled by several loud banging noises.

That’s when they called 911 .

My friend and her boyfriend were having some issues last night and he ended up spending the night and then about 10 minutes ago we heard a bunch of really loud noises in the room,” the roommate told a Butler County 911 dispatcher. “Then an alarm went off in our apartment and now they aren’t responding in the bedroom.”

The roommate said the noises sounded like someone had “taken a fire extinguisher to the wall.”

She said they tried to open Eldemire’s bedroom door, but it was locked and no one was answering.

“We can’t get in,” a second roommate told the dispatcher. “We called police last night because they had been arguing. She broke up with (Tipton). He was just spending the night because he drove all the way here. We just heard a couple large bangs and then all our alarms went off and it’s odd. It scared the living daylights out of us.”

After finding Eldemire and Tipton’s bodies, Oxford police contacted Columbus officers to do a search of Tipton’s apartment on Cyprus Pond Road in Taylor Station, Ohio.

Inside, officers found a suicide note and an empty gun case, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Eldemire’s family members said Monday they were deeply saddened by the loss of their “beautiful daughter Rebecca.”

“We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers, but ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time,” her family said in a statement. “The Rebecca C. Eldemire BEEPS (Betterment for Environmental and Earth Protection) Foundation will be created in her honor, striving toward Rebecca’s lifelong goal of creating a more sustainable planet.”

Miami University spokeswoman Claire Wagner described Eldemire as a hard worker.

Eldemire was double majoring in geology and geological information.

“She worked at one of our libraries on campus and one of her supervisors called her, and I’m going to quote, ‘A fantastic worker, quick to learn new tasks’ and very recently she became engaged in a research study for the library,” Wagner said. “She had just been promoted to the student shift supervisor this semester. Her smile and her laughter will be deeply missed at the library.”

Tipton’s family also released a statement Monday, calling the deaths a “horrible tragedy.”

“As you can imagine, this… has left our family in shock and absolutely heartbroken,” Tipton’s parents said. “To lose our son, and also Becca, whom we loved like a member of our family, is unthinkable. We ask that our privacy be respected as we cope with this as a family and appreciate the prayers and understanding of our friends and community.”

The Eldemire family has scheduled funeral services for Wednesday with a visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral at 11 a.m. at Weil Funeral Home at 8350 Cornell Rd. in Cincinnati.

Interment for Eldemire will be immediately after the funeral at United Jewish Cemetery at 7885 Ivygate Ln. in Montgomery.

Her homicide is the first in Oxford in 25 years.

Miami is offering counseling and other resources to those  affected by Eldemire’s death. Students can call 513-529-4634.

The university also offers resources through their website for assault and interpersonal violence support.

WCPO’s Jay Warren contributed to this report.

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