EXCLUSIVE The homicide of David Ebanks: A mom’s cry for justice

EXCLUSIVE The murder of David Ebanks: A mother’s cry for justice


On 23 Jan. 2015, Dolyn Powery-Ebanks’ worst nightmare came true when her 20-year-old-son David Ebanks was shot and killed while waiting for his meal at a local restaurant.

Six years later, she still mourns her son, hoping that his killers will be brought to justice.

“It just hurts to know that there are people out there that have done it and know of something,” Powery-Ebanks told the Cayman Compass in her first sit-down interview since her son’s murder in early 2015.

Ebanks’ murder is one of over 20 cold cases being looked at by the RCIPS Serious Crime Review Unit, headed by Detective Sergeant Peter Dean.

This Compass monthly special investigative series, in partnership with the police, delves into cases like David’s unsolved murder, which detectives at the unit are actively pursuing with fresh eyes to help deliver justice to families.

A promising life cut short

Powery-Ebanks said Ebanks’ dream was to be a certified mechanic and he was on the path to achieving that goal…