A 21-year-old man was shot and killed on Price Street, Nassau Village, on Sunday night, police reported.
Relatives identified the victim as Deshawn Culmer, an employee at the Riu Palace on Paradise Island, who recently lost his mother.
Police said a car drove near a home on Price Street shortly before 9 p.m. and an occupant came out and fired gunshots before fleeing in the car.
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of a man with gunshot wounds in front of the home.
Shane Culmer, Deshawn’s father, told The Nassau Guardian, “Right now it ain’t really set in, but… that’s my only son.”
He added, “That’s my only child and his mother just deceased. He has the obituary right there on his drawer. It’s just been about two years that his mom died.”
Culmer said his son was deeply affected by the death of his mother.
“I don’t think he really got over it as yet,” he said.
He added that his son usually kept to himself.
“Right now, words can’t express it, but all I can say is I know his death can’t go just like that in vain,” Culmer said.
Speaking with The Nassau Guardian outside Deshawn Culmer’s childhood home, his grandmother, who wished not to be named, said she heard the shots from her bedroom.
“I thought a car fall into a hole,” she said.
“I didn’t know what it was. Shawn said he was just going to do something and when I saw his car still in front of the yard, I thought he was okay.
“I said, ‘Thank you, God.’”
She said not long after, some women, who she recognized from the neighborhood, came to her house and told her that her grandson had been shot.
“I don’t know what to say because I raised him since he was in diapers,” she said.
The murder count for the year so far stands at 35.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice