Family’s shock after former officer murdered

Marco Meadows, 36, a former constable in the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), was shot to death on Third Street in Coconut Grove on Wednesday night.

His death came 11 days after his youngest child was born.

“This can’t be true,” cried Gertrude Leslie, 36, Meadows’ girlfriend of 10 years, less than an hour after he was murdered.

“No. Tell me no, please.”

As police combed the crime scene, Irene Clarke, Meadows’ mother, could be heard crying to see her son’s body.

“Ah, Lord,” she hollered as she grabbed at the yellow crime scene tape which lined the road where the incident took place.

“They ain’t let me see. They ain’t let me see.”

Marco Meadows.

Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said police received a call about gunshots in the area shortly after 9 p.m.

He said the victim was shot multiple times.

“The only information we are working with thus far is that shortly before 9 p.m., the deceased was walking south along Third Street when he was approached by persons who were driving a black-colored vehicle,” Cash said.

“Both persons emerged from that vehicle and opened fire on the deceased, subsequently fatally shooting him.”

Meadows was a “nice, sweet person” who was funny and got along with everyone, according to his girlfriend.

He was a father of four who served on RBPF for 15 years.

Asked what kind of father he was, Leslie replied, “Oh my God, can’t ask for a better one. You can’t.”

She became inconsolable when asked if she had told her three older children about their father’s death.

This is the second tragedy to hit the family within recent years, according to Gary Lord-Rolle, Meadows’ uncle.

“The most difficult part about this is this is the second incident that happened to this family almost in the same area,” Lord-Rolle said.

“[On] just Fifth Street down the street, the other grand-nephew was shot, killed on the scene. It’s very difficult for the family at this time. You can never prepare for death.”

Meadows’ death marks the first murder of 2020.

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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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