Police said a man was shot and killed on Augusta Street early yesterday morning.
Police said they were responding to reports of gunshots in the area shortly after 1 a.m. when they found the man’s bullet-riddled body lying on the ground.
Relatives identified the victim as Alexander Bullard, 37, a father of two.
The Guardian visited Bullard’s family home on Augusta Street yesterday where relatives were visibly distraught.
Garnell Johnson, 55, said her son was a kind man who loved coaching basketball to children in the Bain Town community.
“He was a nice person,” Johnson said.
“Everybody loved him.
“He wasn’t [a rebellious] young man.”
She added, “If [there’s] a ball to bounce, a basketball, he’s going to be there for that.
“He loved basketball. And the children? Oh, he loved the children too and his family. He’d try to sit with his family. We’d laugh and talk and be together, but violence, no that’s not him.”
Johnson said she never expected her oldest son to die the way he did.
Johnson said she recently lost her mother and Bullard’s father.
“Now here it is, it hit me again and his birthday just [went on] March 7,” Johnson said.
She added: “It hurts. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to do. I haven’t [slept] yet.”
Bullard’s brother went inside their home and emerged with his brother’s basketball trophies.
He held each one up and described how his brother won them.
He eventually broke into tears.
“I thought he would have died on the basketball court,” he said.
This latest incident pushed the country’s murder count to 19.