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More police needed in Kemp Road

In the wake of an early morning double murder in his constituency, Freetown MP Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that he has requested additional police presence in the community to help restore stability.

The tourism minister also called on the young men in his area to find other means to resolve their conflicts, rather than killing each other.

“Resorting to violence is just… It shouldn’t happen,” D’Aguilar said.

“You should try to reason through a problem rather than killing each other.

“I mean that doesn’t achieve anything. So I appeal, especially to the young men, remain calm. You don’t have to resort to this incredibly horrible solution for your problems.

“This is not good. Think of what you do to your families and your kids and your neighbors. It’s just awful.”

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, police said three men were shot in White’s Addition off Kemp Road. Two of the men died at the scene and the other was taken to hospital and was last listed in critical condition. Police said a car drove through the area and its occupants opened fire on the victims, unleashing a hail of bullets.

Shortly after the incident, a voice note began circulating on social media of a man pledging retaliation.

D’Aguilar said he’s asked Minister of National Security Marvin Dames “about stabilizing and bringing some calm” to the area.

“…I think you need an improved police presence and [to] really get to the root of what is going on and what are the reasons,” he said.

“If you’re going to solve a problem, you’ve got to find out what caused the problem and what caused these gentlemen to kill each other.

“I mean, we need to get to the bottom of that and see how we can calm things down.”

Following a walkabout through Kemp Road with Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson on Thursday, Bahamas Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander expressed concern that the double murder would lead to increased violence in the area.

Ferguson told reporters that he has formed a special team to deal with criminals known to the police.

“There are too many weapons in the hands of the wrong people,” he said.

“I’ve assembled a special team to look closely at certain persons who we know. I expect that team to be very successful in rooting the criminal element out.

“I just want to caution persons now who believe you can be running all over the streets – there is a day. Every day ends. I want persons to be aware of that.”

Ferguson noted that there are many Bahamians who know someone with an illegal gun.

“I think now would be a good time to tell them to put that gun down or turn that in,” he said.

“That’s as much as I would say.”

Thursday’s murders marked the second double murder in less than 11 hours and the fifth murder in less than two days.

The murder count for the year so far is 29.

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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