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Police identify murder victims

The men who were murdered Tuesday night were yesterday identified by police as Oswald Hall, 41, of the Coconut Grove; Kevin Forbes, 40, of Miller Heights; and Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, Jamaica.

Forbes and Leslie were shot ­dead around 9 p.m. at a Haitian village at Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road.  Police said the men were approached by a group of men.  Forbes and Leslie were shot by someone in the group.  They were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

Police did not disclose a motive for the shootings.

In a separate incident, Hall was stabbed to death at Fifth Street and Poinciana Avenue in Coconut Grove around 10:30 p.m.  Police suspect that the stabbing resulted from a domestic dispute.

There were also two other shootings yesterday morning.  The first incident occurred around 1 a.m. at Meeting Street and West Street.

According to police, three men were in a vehicle in the area when they were approached by three other men.  Two of the men were armed with handguns, police said.

The culprits robbed the men of cash and personal items and shot one of the victims in the buttocks.  He was taken to hospital and is detained in stable condition, police said.

Police are questioning a 21-year-old man from Milton Street in connection with this incident.

The second shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. at Summerset Way, off Carmichael Road.

Police said a man arriving at his residence was shot in the neck by another man armed with a shotgun.

The victim was taken to hospital where he too is detained in stable condition.

There have now been 72 murders recored by police in 2011.  Last year this time, the murder count stood at 50.  The murder count has increased by 44 percent this year thus far.  The Bahamas is on pace to exceed the record murder count of the 2010 count (94).



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