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Family officially IDs teen murder victim

The family of a 17-year-old girl found murdered last Friday officially identified her body at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s morgue yesterday.

Candice Major was a resident of Second Street, Coconut Grove, and a 2010 graduate of Government High School.

Police said they are not sure if the murder is related to a previous alleged sexual assault.

Major, whose badly beaten body was found at Blue Water Cay, off Fox Hill Road, was the complainant in a rape case.

Assistant Superintendent Clayton Fernander, of the Central Detective Unit, confirmed that police had charged Andrew Wallace with the rape of Major.

Wallace, who is nicknamed ‘Mugs’, appeared before Magistrate Subusola Swain charged with the alleged rape on September 2.

Wallace, of First Street, Coconut Grove, was granted $6,000 bail and the matter was adjourned to November 21.  The court issued an arrest warrant when he failed to appear, court records show.

Homicide detectives were looking for Wallace since the September 15 shooting death of Leonardo Lewis at Palmetto Avenue and East Street.

Anyone with information about his location should contact police on 502-9991, 919, or 328-TIPS.

Major’s mother and father were distraught and did not comment yesterday.

But Major’s godmother, Debra Mortimer, told The Nassau Guardian, “She was a nice girl, she was a Christian and was active in church [and] she even played an instrument in the church.

“She used to dance and was such a nice girl, and she did not deserve to die like that, but God is still in control.  I just want to say to the family that the battle is not yours; it is the Lord’s.

“…I want to say to the person who [did this] that you must turn yourself in because God made [evil] but he doesn’t like it.”

Apostle Randy Moss of Jesus Christ Word of Life Outreach Ministries said that Major often visited his church because her sister was a member.

“Candice was an average teenager — fun, outgoing and easily loved,” he said.

“It is just sad what happened, just sad… but she was a beautiful person.  She would come by now and again to service [and] that is how I got to know her and she was a very friendly individual.”

Major became the 118th murder victim in The Bahamas this year, which is a record high.

The details surrounding her death are still not clear.

Sixteen females have been murdered in The Bahamas this year, according to police.

The highest number of females murdered in one year previously stood at 10, which was recorded in 2009.

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