A 33-Years-Old Liberian Man Charged For Allegedly Killing His 10-Years-Old Son

 

By: Duannah Siryon



The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
April 21, 2015

                  



 
 
 
 
Pierre CollinsPierre Collins allegedly murdered his son (Barway Collins)
Barway Collins

Minnesota, U.S.A.: On March 18, 2015, Barway Edwin Collins, a 10-years-old Liberian boy, went missing after his school bus dropped him off at his Cederwood Crystal apartment complex in Minnesota. Moment before he was dropped off, little Barway was seen happily on his school bus video camera saying "there goes my dad and my uncle."

Immediately after Barway’s reported missing, a state-wide search and rescue operation was initiated by the Crystal Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), The Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), The Liberian Minister's Association (LMA) and many other organizations and individuals.

On April 11th (24 days later), the search and rescue team uncovered remain of a young person in the Mississippi river, where, investigators suspected Barway may have been deposited by his murderer.

On April 12, the Hennepin County Coroner office confirmed that the body found in the Mississippi river was that of 10-years-old Barway Collins. A day later, Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman, based on "circumstantial evidence", charged Pierre Collins, Barway's father, with a 2nd degree murder of his son.

According to the criminal complaint filed on April 14th, two days before 10-year-old Barway Collins disappeared, his father (Pierre Collins), who is also a Liberian, had inquired about increasing little Barway’s life insurance policy.

At a news conference announcing the charges against Pierre Collins and identifying him as the sole suspect in his son’s death, authorities said they are convinced that based on available evidence, they may asked the court for a possible first-degree murder indictment. Barway’s body was bound with duct tape at the hands and torso.

Collins, 33, who is currently being held in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail, had his first court appearance on Wednesday, April, 15th. The charges against Pierre Collins focus heavily on cellphone signals that provide a detailed account of his whereabouts on March 18, the day Barway disappeared.

“This is a tragedy,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference in Minneapolis. “From every report, Barway was a fine, precocious, exciting young man whose life was snuffed out. There’s no reason for it.

“We believe the father took him to the river and dumped him in waste water, storm water cistern, and he remained underwater for 24 days” before entering the river, Freeman said.

The body’s condition indicated that it had been in the water for some time, but authorities have not been able to establish an exact cause of death, the charges say.

Crystal police had identified Collins as a suspect early in the investigation into the disappearance of Barway, who was last seen hopping out of his school van in front of the Crystal apartment building where he lived with his father, stepmother and two younger siblings.

According to the Charge Sheet, Pierre Collins, who was deeply in debt and had no income, had two life insurance policies on his son, authorities say. One covered Collins himself for $100,000 and each of his children for $20,000. The other, for $30,000 on Barway, was purchased through a different company. On March 16, Collins made a payment on the second policy and asked about raising the coverage to $50,000.

The morning Barway was reported missing, Collins had attended a hearing at Hennepin County Family Court regarding his child support for children from a previous relationship, mentioned the Charge Sheet.

Phone records show that after the hearing, from 9:22 to 9:29 a.m., Collins was near 53rd-56th and Lyndale Avenues N., where Barway’s body was later found, the charges say. He had no reason to be there, nor had he visited that area for 30 days before his son disappeared, authorities say.

After Barway got home from school, he was seen walking from his father’s car to the apartment, where he peered inside a window but did not enter, the charges say. At the time, cellphone signals show that Collins was either in or near the apartment building.

At 4:42 p.m., Collins was again in the area of Lyndale and 55th avenues N., the phone signals indicate.

From 4:42 to almost 5:41 p.m., his phone registers no activity, meaning it was either turned off or in airplane mode, the charges say.

During that time, Collins was seen electronically checking his bank account balance at a TCF Bank inside Cub Foods in Brooklyn Center.

When the phone was turned back on, he called Yamah, his wife and Barway’s stepmother, who told him that the boy had not arrived home from school.

At 5:51 p.m., Pierre arrived home, Yamah later told police. She said he was in tears, which she thought was odd because he was not generally emotional and his son had not been gone that long.

At 6:03, Pierre left the apartment building again in his car after having changed his shirt and put on a cap, the charges say. He returned to the building in his car at 6:24 p.m.
At 6:27 p.m., he called 911 from his cellphone to report Barway missing, the phone signals indicate.

Earlier Tuesday, Rev. Harding Smith, the family’s spokesman, said Pierre is “segregated” in jail to protect him, and that he continues to deny any involvement in his son’s disappearance and death.

Smith appeared at a news conference with Yamah Collins, her two children with Pierre, other relatives of Yamah, and Pierre’s brother and two sisters. They declined to comment.

As Barway's memorial service arrangement currently being workout in Minnesota, efforts are underway to help Barway’s biological mother Louise Karluah, who lives in Liberia, come to Minnesota to have a befitting goodbye to her son.

Minnesota is one of many states with no death punishment; however, if Pierre Collins is convicted, the maximum sentence for a 2nd degree murder charge is 40-years in prison with no possibility of parole.

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Charge Sheet

The Author: Duannah Siryon (siryondee@gmail.com) with excerpt from Karen Zamora of Star Tribune Newspaper

AMy
I think the dad had this all planned out and shame on him he should have the same done to him tape his arms and his feet and throw him in the water he is a greedy b-----d, who has no reguard for human life especially a child how could he even look at himself in a mirror this guy is EVIL!! He should have gotten a job and quit looking for a free ride and scamming insurance companies and work for a living instead for murdering your child for insurance money he is one person who will go to HELL and that's what he deserves he is one sick person that's all I can say he will get whats comimg to him in prison ..He is GUILTY....,..
AMy at 08:36AM, 2015/04/21.
Liberian Girl
This should come as no surprise when Pierre Collin is a former rebel from Liberia responsible for innocent lives of war victims. This time he will notflee from the Justice for crimes against humanity since this is not Liberia
Liberian Girl at 10:12AM, 2015/04/21.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Yes, this beast (Pierre Collins)must have been one of those killers who got a resettlement opportunity. I wish he could be stoned to death while he is set ablazed.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:02PM, 2015/04/21.
Jennifer JUSTEN
The SENATOR AMY KLOBACHAUR IS ASSISTING ON BRINGING THE BIRTH MOTHER TO MINNESOTA. FUNERAL IS SATURDAY. PIERRE COLLINS WAS A FRENCH TEACHER IN GHANA ,AND ALLEGEDLY RAPED HER AND SHE BECAME PREGNANT AT AGE 15.
PIERRE COLLINS ALSO ,FILED A $30,000 APARTMENT INSURANCE CLAIM ,FROM A SUSPICIONS APARTMENT FIRE IN NOVEMBER ,2014,IN WHICH HIM AND HIS NEW WIFE COLLECTED, THIS FIRE INVESTIGATION IS NOW REOPEN AS ARSON./FRAUD. IN ADDITION, HE IS BEING SUED BY AUTO INSURANCE FOR FRAUDULENT CLAIMS, AND THE PASTOR HARDING SMITH, A FAMILY REPRESENTATIVE IS A SCAM ,AS HE WANTS DONATIONS TO BANK TO GO TO PIERRE S , WIFE AND TWO TODDLER SONS, WHILE OTHRR COMMUNITY PEOPLE SENSE HIS GREED, AND OPENED UP A BANK ACCOUNT ,AND REQUEST ALL MONIES DONATED SHOULD BE TO BRING THE BIRTH MOTHER HERE FROM L ::) LIBERIA ASAP. THE PASTOR HARDING SMITH SAYS HES THE SPOKESMAN ,BUT U.S. MINNESOTANS ARENT BUYING HIS LIES.
GO TO FACEBOOK@PENNY CASTANO, AS SHES THE ANGEL WHP ORGANIZED SEARCHES ,AND SUNDAYS MEMORIAL FOR LITTLE BARWAY.
REFERENCE;KSTP NEWS ,MPLS.STILL. PAUL.
Jennifer JUSTEN at 08:31PM, 2015/04/21.
sylvester krah
with deep tears in my eyes.....i pray that the almighty
God will will grant that innocent child peace. it is just so hard to understand why Collins choose to be so cruel to such an innocent kid.

the biblical prophecy is indeed coming to fruition as we approach the end of time.

the greed for money is allowing people to get involve in all sort of demonic acts.
that terrible creature deserves death but he is so lucky that the Minnesota state does not provide that, but he must face the 40yrs.
collins is a complete disgrace to fatherhood and liberia.
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