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Fox Hill family struggling after murder

The killing of Bernard Anestor, 41, during a double shooting on Cox Street, Fox Hill, on Tuesday night, has his friends and family asking: Why him?

Anestor’s sister, Yolande Pierre, described her brother as a “nice person” and a “peacemaker”.

“He don’t party, don’t smoke, don’t drink,” she said.

Anestor, a father of two, was the oldest sibling in their family and was “the rock”, Pierre said, insisting that he always looked out for other people.

He was a mechanic and had a small shop across from the family’s home where he sold snacks and other items.

Pierre said she no longer feels safe in her own community.

“It was safe, but it ain’t safe no more,” she said, struggling to find the words to describe her feelings. “From all the years I’ve been living here it’s the first time anything like this has ever happened.”

She said no place feels safe to her anymore.

One of Anestor’s friends, who wished not to be named, said the entire ordeal is hurtful, but they “just got to deal with it”.

“It’s not the first time we lose loved ones,” he said. “We lost friends before. It will be hard. Everyone ain’t perfect, but he was a good person.”

Appearing despondent over his friend’s murder, he called the incident, “just another day in the system”.

According to police, shortly after 5 p.m., the occupants of a silver vehicle pulled up to a group of men sitting under a tent and fired shots into the crowd before speeding off.

Anestor died on the scene, while the other man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Another one of Anestor’s friends, who also wished not to be named, had a message for his killers.

“The young men that are on the streets today, if they are following some type of entity, or power, they need to understand, from the words of my voice and the understanding that was given by God, either you are going to stop or you will be stopped, because riding up on people living their daily life and snuffing life from [them]…someone coming for you,” he said.

“It might not be man, but it will be God.

“You take a life from a man that stand with God and try save and straighten up his life, and help people in his community and you try to take the other people [who were] standing on the side of him as well, but at the end of the day, God knows all, sees all and is all.”

He said Anestor may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

Before her contribution to the budget debate on Tuesday night, Fox Hill MP Shonel Ferguson expressed her sympathy over the incident.

“Bad things happen in all communities, but for some reason, it sticks to Fox Hill, as it doesn’t stick anywhere else,” Ferguson said, as she began to get emotional.

“Mr. Speaker, for the first six months of this year, Fox Hill practically went without a shooting, based on the hard work by the police, by the schools, by the churches, teachers and families.

“…This is very difficult, Mr. Speaker. And I am in constant contact with the police in Fox Hill; they can’t be everywhere, they do try to be.

“I’ve already spoken to the minister of national security to augment what we already have.

“I am requesting 10 more reservists. I am requesting two more cars and a jeep and two to four more police.

“I am not requesting these things because Fox Hill is a violent and dangerous place; I am requesting these things because we have done a fantastic job and we want to keep it so.

“I want The Bahamas to know, I want the world to know that Fox Hill is hurting at this point, people are hurting, families are hurting, but we will be alright.”

The latest incidents pushed the murder count for 2018 to 48, according to police.

This time last year there were 69 murders.


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