A 22-year-old man, who was shot and killed off Solider Road on Thursday night, was “running with the wrong crowd”, his step-father said yesterday.
Police said the victim, who was identified as Nicholas Dixon, was found with gunshot wounds in the area of Calvin Street and Linkford Street shortly after 11 p.m.
Wiping tears from her eyes, Christine Richards, Dixon’s mother, said she was too consumed with grief to speak about her son.
Norman Richards, Dixon’s step-father, told The Nassau Guardian that he saw his step-son less than an hour before he was killed.
“Right before he was murdered, I saw him walking back and forth on the park,” Richards said.
“He didn’t really say anything to me but he was [walking] back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. My mechanic was here. My mechanic was checking my vehicle. After my mechanic would’ve left, some relatives of mine came over and they stayed probably for about 25 minutes.
“After they would’ve left, me and my wife went to bed. She was lying down praying and I was lying down also and that’s when we heard gunshots.”
He said he watched as officers collected bullet casings and put up caution tape. He had no idea, he said, that it was his step-son who had died.
“Two officers came to the door and they asked if we know who is Nico,” he said.
“I said, ‘That’s our son.’”
He added, “It really came home to me when the officer shook my hand and said, ‘On behalf of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, you and your family have my condolences.’”
Richards described Dixon as a young man with the potential “to do great things”.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said.
“It seemed he was running with the wrong crowd.
“Like I said, he wasn’t living with us but would pop in every now and again. You know, if he wanted something to eat he would ask and then we would give him food, then he would disappear and he would be gone for days and then he would reappear again. Like I said, he was headstrong.”
Richards said he and his wife spoke to Dixon many times and urged him to turn his life around.
“When he started to react in a different way, it really surprised us because we knew that this was not the son that we brought up because he came from a respectable and decent family,” he said.
Richards added, “It’s so unfortunate because there’s an old saying, ‘You can take the horse to the well but you can’t make them drink.’”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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