The father of a 16-year-old boy who took his own life over the weekend yesterday pleaded with parents to maintain close relationships with their children.
The victim was identified by relatives as Cornell Edwards Jr., a former student at Anatol Rodgers High School.
“For the fellas out there, please be aware of your children and keep them close,” said Cornell’s father, Cornell Edwards Sr.
“There might be battles, you know, but don’t let them win.
“I felt like I could have done more, and I know you guys can do more, so just please do it.”
Police reported that shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, they arrived at a home on Faith Avenue, where they found a juvenile male hanging in a closet who was believed to have killed himself.
Edwards said the incident was confusing for him, because his son had seemed happy and normal earlier in the day.
“[He was] very happy,” he said.
“This is what we know. That timeline, we don’t know what happened.
“I spoke to him about two o’clock Sunday, and the next call I got was six o’clock from his mother.”
He said that in the earlier call his son told him he was going to the beach and taking the dogs with him.
Edwards recalled desperate attempts to resuscitate his son when he arrived at the scene.
“His mother gave me a call at about 6:02 p.m.,” he said.
“I was about five minutes out and then I just sped to the scene and I just met everyone outside there, and my son was already in that situation that he was in.”
He added, “I immediately tried to resuscitate him because I didn’t think, you know, something was…it was not bad yet.”
Police and psychologists urge those who may be feeling emotionally distressed to call the Bahamas Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at 328-0922, or The Family Center at 698-0155.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish