A nightmare for Christmas

Not long before a 24-year-old woman was shot on New Hope Drive in Joan’s Heights, along with her boyfriend, shortly after midnight on Tuesday, she spoke with her twin sister and sounded happy about life.

The next thing Kellisha Richards knew is that she was at the hospital hearing the horrific news of the death of her sister, Kevisha Richards.

Police said Richards and James Johnson, 29, had just arrived at a home when they were approached by “unknown persons”, who shot them.

The young woman ran from the vehicle and collapsed a short distance away, according to police.

Johnson crashed into a wall as he attempted to drive away. He died at the scene.

“The thing is, I just spoke to her after 11 that night,” Kellisha Richards said.

“We were getting off with each other, and I don’t even remember what I was telling her [how] I’m so in shock, but she told me that she was on her way home.

“She sounded happy. You know what I mean? Her and her boyfriend were in the background talking, and he was laughing. It’s so sad because his birthday was also yesterday.”

Richards said she was struggling to come to terms with the senseless killing of her sister.

She said it felt like she had lost a part of her.

“Well, [the family is] crying. They sound like they want to pass out, but me, I’m not doing too well,” she said.

“I actually want to take my life too because she was all I had. She was my all. She was my everything. Sometimes I felt like I loved her more than me.

“We grew up together. We [were] in class together. We [were] born together. We would tell each other secrets and all of my problems I would go to her and tell her, and she would tell me all of hers.”

Kevisha Richards was the mother of a son, 6, and a daughter, 5.

Kevisha Richards.

Kellisha Richards said she realized her sister was dead when she was called into a room filled with doctors at the hospital.

“I [knew] she had [already died],” Richards said.

“I broke down crying and screaming, and they said I had to be quiet because they only [were] going to say this once. They said when she arrived there she gave a signal that she was still alive… but they said apparently she didn’t make it.”

Richards said doctors told her that a shot to the chest had killed her sister.

“The [fatal] shot was in her chest, and it came out through her side or her back,” she said.

She said she is unsure how she will make it through Christmas this year.

“I don’t even know what I’m going to do,” Richards said.

“I [bought] her Christmas gift yesterday. I don’t even know what I’m going to do with it.”

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis declared that Bahamians no longer feared crime.

But yesterday’s double murder is the third one for the month. 

A man and woman were shot to death at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre on December 3.

On December 4, two men were found dead in a vehicle in front of a home in Jubilee Gardens.

Kellisha Richards said she does not agree with the prime minister’s assessment of the average Bahamian’s view on crime.

“I don’t think they are no longer afraid of crime,” she said.

“[Criminals] just do what they want to do, and they think they are okay. My sister was an innocent person.”

Police said there were no leads in the country’s most recent double murder.

The murder count for The Bahamas for the year so far is 89. The count last year this time was 121.

The count climbed by 11 in 15 days.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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