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‘Why would anyone kill my brother?’

As he recounted the last conversation he had with his brother, tears began to stream down the face of Marcus Blatch.

He, his mother and other relatives were outside the morgue at Princess Margaret Hospital waiting to identify the body of Inspector Carlis Blatch.

Blatch, aide-de-camp to the governor general, was shot around 3 p.m. on Dolphin Drive on Wednesday. He died in hospital, police said.

Carlis Blatch and his daughter were inside his car when a gunman approached him and demanded he exit the car. Police said the culprit shot Blatch and dragged him out the car. Blatch’s daughter was able to escape and run for help.

Marcus Blatch said he wants clarity on why someone murdered his brother.

As he waited under the shade of a tree, Blatch said he spoke to his brother on the phone on Wednesday, not long before the shooting.

“You know, when we first moved to Nassau and Carlis joined the force, I was on the sea, so we were apart for some time and when he assumed the role at Government House, for the last 14 years, work consumed a lot of time from him,” Blatch said.

“So, our daily talk wasn’t as often as it used to be.

“I called him yesterday…” said Blatch, who paused as tears began to stream down his face.

Speaking through the tears, he continued, “…and as I called him he said, ‘I was just about to call you.’

Marcus Blatch (left) embraces his wife Quatrenda Sears-Blatch as he recalls his last conversation with his brother, the late Inspector Carlis Blatch, during an interview with The Nassau Guardian outside the Princess Margaret Hospital morgue yesterday. photos: AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

“I said, ‘What [were] you calling me for?’ He always calls me and says I don’t call him: ‘Only when I call you I get to hear you.’

“He said, ‘I’m right here just working hard, taking it easy. I’m trying to prepare two trips for the [GG], who is supposed to be traveling to Cat Island.’

“He said he was consumed with work and just trying to knock it out. I said, ‘Ok. Bye. We’ll talk later.’

“And half an hour later I got a call that the news media was saying that…he had been shot. I tried to call his phone and got the voicemail and from then everything…”

Blatch said he later learned that his brother had died.

The two grew up in Mangrove Cay, Andros, until Carlis moved to New Providence in 1992.

Marcus Blatch said his brother then moved back to Andros and in 1995 once again moved to the capital where he joined the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Carlis Blatch was later stationed on Exuma and finally moved to New Providence where Marcus Blatch said “we were back together again”.

“We were always together except for those few times when work took us apart,” he said.

Blatch said he was very close to his brother.

“Carlis, my brother, my big brother, we were close,” he said.

“We could talk to each other about any and everything.

“He was a family man. Like every other human, he walked the straight and narrow, but even in walking the straight and narrow, sometimes he stumbled. But in his stumbling he didn’t stay down, he got up, dusted himself off and moved on.

“I’m going to miss everything. There is no one particular thing I could just say I would miss. I will miss him on the whole.”

Carlis Blatch had four children.

Marcus Blatch said the family is doing its best to help the children through this tragedy.

“I would want clarity as to what transpired and the motive as to why someone would do this,” Blatch added.

“I know police are targeted but Carlis, for the last 14 years he was not stationed on the road and so he wouldn’t have any involvement with the day-to-day with people. He was always at Government House.”

The family later visited the Central Detective Unit (CDU) where police provided an update on the investigation.

Carlis Blatch was remembered as a “man with great promise”.

A statement from Government House said Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling was “deeply saddened by this event, inasmuch as Inspector Blatch worked very closely with her in all state matters”.

The Sir Lynden Pindling Foundation, on its Facebook page, posted, “We lost a very dear friend, Insp. Carlis Blatch.

“He became a member of our family. He became a son to our mother. He was an integral part of my mother’s security team.

“He looked after her, he cared for her. I cannot express how saddened we are as a family to have lost such a wonderful man.

“There are no words to describe how I/we feel.”

The page is managed by Dame Marguerite and Sir Lynden’s children.

The post also included a video of Blatch and two other men singing happy birthday to Dame Marguerite in a hallway.

Blatch can be seen holding a basket of orchids and singing, “Happy birthday, your excellency”.

Dame Marguerite waved excitedly at the men. She then turned to the camera, smiling from ear to ear and joked, “These are some wicked men, aye?”

The group shared a laugh as Blatch handed the governor general the flowers. She kissed Blatch on the cheek saying, “Thank you, very much.”

Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Assistant Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English

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