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Bahamian woman found dead in Miami canal

A 41-year-old Bahamian woman was found dead in a canal in Florida last week, authorities confirmed.

Reports out of Florida said the cause of death was believed to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Kameela Russell, a mother of two who was born on New Providence, was last seen alive on May 15 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Her decomposed body was found in a canal Saturday afternoon near Northwest 207th Street and Northwest 15th Avenue, according to police.

Linda Treco-Mackey, the Bahamian consul general in Miami, Florida, said, “I know she was born in The Bahamas [and possessed] a birth certificate.

“However, I do not know if she renounced her citizenship. Only the passport office or immigration can confirm.”

Russell was an employee of the Miami Norland Senior High School at the time of her death.

On Wednesday, following the identification of Russell’s body, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools said it was “deeply saddened about the painful and shocking news involving the passing” of Russell.

“All available counseling resources will be deployed to the school immediately to assist students and staff during this extremely difficult time,” it said in a statement.

“School district staff and Miami-Dade Schools Police will continue to work with the Miami Gardens Police Department, which has been handling this case since the employee’s disappearance from her home. The entire M-DCPS family is heartbroken. We ask that the community join us as we keep Kameela Russell’s loved ones in our prayers.”

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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