The son of a 52-year-old Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine, who was murdered yesterday, said his father was “on the verge of retiring” before he was killed.
Petty Officer Philip Perpall, who served on the force for over 30 years, was shot and killed shortly before 3 a.m. while on duty in the guard room at Government House, according to authorities.
His son, Miguel Perpall, 14 – the youngest of the victim’s five children – said he never worried about anything happening to his father while he was on duty because he was preparing for retirement.
“You never would see him going to do defense force work that much and the one time that he actually went to go, this happened,” he said.
Miguel said a woman, who he didn’t know, came to his house shortly after 6 a.m. and informed him and his sister of his father’s death.
“I’m not too familiar with the woman but she told me that she had sad news about my father, and that he was involved in a shooting that happened at work,” he said.
Miguel added: “I had to hold myself up to the wall because I couldn’t believe it.”
“It was like my chest area, like my heart started beating very fast [then] I called [my mother] to let her know what had happened.”
When asked how it felt waking up to the news of his father’s death, Miguel said, “I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s a bad feeling I guess I could say. It just hit me hard. It was very shocking.”
He added: “It feels like a nightmare.”
The 14-year-old said he lived with his father, and they were “very close”.
Miguel described his father as “a nice, loving man” who never really bothered anyone.
He said they would spend a lot of time having long conversations together.
“We’d mostly talk about what we’d expect in the future,” he said.
“We’d talk about, [remember] how I said I have problems finding out what I want to do, he’d kind of give me some options and stuff and he would talk to me and tell me about how he was going to fix up the [house].”
When asked if he found his father to be an encouraging man, Miguel said, “Yes, he was very encouraging… I could look at most of my friends and stuff [and] they mostly grew up around their mothers, not [many] grew up around their fathers.
“For him to be there was just very nice for me because I don’t know, you know, before I didn’t know what I would do without my father but now he isn’t here.”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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