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Michaella Perpall said yesterday that her father’s last words to her before he was killed on Sunday was, “See you tomorrow”.

But Perpall, who fought back tears, said she’s struggling with the reality that she’ll never see her father alive again.

Her father, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall, 52, was shot and killed shortly before 3 a.m. at Government House, police said.

Police said they are questioning a person of interest in the matter.

Latoya Perpall, 27, his youngest daughter, said “never in a

million years” did she believe something like this would happen to her father.

“He was at work,” she said as her voice broke.

As she fought tears, Perpall continued, “He was at work. He left home and said, ‘see y’all tomorrow, see y’all later,’ only never to return again.”

The three sisters were noticeably distraught as they showed photos of their father.

Pointing at a photo of her father, Latoya Perpall said, “This is my father and he’s never to be forgotten.”

The Nassau Guardian spoke with Philip Perpall’s three daughters at the family home off Farrington Road.

Michaella Perpall, 29, his second eldest daughter, said, “We are at a loss for words. We’re just a tight-knitted family and this is deeply tragic. This is senseless.

“We’re still confused. We’re still trying to come to the reality of this.

“This is just numbing for us. This is just not real. Daily, we’re asking each other to pinch each other to wake up from this nightmare because this is unreal. We cannot accept this.”

Lakell Perpall, 33, the victim’s eldest child, told The Nassau Guardian that “nothing can be said to comfort us right now”.

“We need some closure to this,” she said.

“We need some answers. He’s been on the force for more than 30 years.”

She said that she and her sisters are still “waiting on him to open this door and say he’s home”.

On Sunday, the officers youngest son, 14-year-old Miguel Perpall, said he and his father were very close and it feels like he’s living a nightmare.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has promised a review of any breaches or failures regarding security at Government House.

RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel described Perpall’s killing as “a blow” to the organization.

The murder count for the year so far now stands at 23.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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