Police reported yesterday that another man was gunned down on New Providence on Tuesday night.
A man was at a home on Wilson Track shortly before 10 p.m. when an armed man approached and shot him, then fled.
According to the police report, the victim died later in hospital.
His identity was not revealed by officials, however, Wellington McKinney told The Nassau Guardian that the victim was his son, 30-year-old Valdez McKinney, who just celebrated his birthday earlier this month.
Although Wellington said he is heartbroken over the incident, and said that his son’s mother is so distraught she could not talk, he acknowledged that Valdez was “no role model”.
He said Valdez was stabbed earlier this year following an altercation, and later revealed that he had been jailed for two years for assaulting a nine-year-old girl in September 2016.
Following Valdez’s release from prison in October 2018, Wellington said, he moved to Eleuthera and only just returned last October.
“Right now, my reaction or feeling is just like anyone else who [has] had this happen to them,” Wellington, 54, told reporters yesterday.
“Heartbreaking, sad. I mean, words can’t hardly describe.
“Well, I [will] be honest with you, he wasn’t no, like, no role model child because he been in jail before.
“But since the last time when he came in ‘18 it looked like he tried to change his life around.
“We had a good relationship but most of his life he spent on Eleuthera. He just came down this way after he couldn’t find any work.
“The last time I saw him was Sunday past. We spoke, he seemed in good health; everything was okay then.”
Wellington said his son was a “peaceful” person who was very close with his small daughter, but that he struggled with conflict resolution.
He also said he believes that his son may have been involved in illicit activity.
After the stabbing, Wellington said he urged Valdez to go back to Eleuthera for his safety, but he did not listen.
“At least, I don’t know the future, right, but I feel he would have been alive because he wouldn’t have been in the situation or in the area where he was when he got shot up,” Wellington said.
As he expressed his support for capital punishment, Wellington said he is hoping for justice.
“I just hope that [the culprit] be caught and be brought to justice,” he said.
“And on another note, the prime minister and the government of this country, they need to step back and take a better look at what is going on in the country concerning murder because the Bible says that if a man takes another man’s life, his life should be required of him.”
He added, “They really need to bring back capital punishment because [guys] them take this for a joke.”