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‘I just want my brother back’

R’Krista Stubbs watched her brother take his last breath on Tuesday night after he was shot and killed outside his grandmother’s home in a Haitian village off Cowpen Road.

Stubbs identified her brother as Richard Bain, 30.

“It’s rough because I watched him take his last breath,” she said.

“I’m just trying to stay as calm as possible.

“To be honest, I still just want to drop down.”

Police were alerted to reports of gunshots in the Haitian village shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said two men were seated in the front of a home, when they were approached by an armed man who shot at them.

One of the men, Bain, died at the scene. The other was taken to hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

Stubbs said, “I don’t know what to say. I just want my brother back. That’s all.”

Stubbs said that while Bain wasn’t perfect, he wasn’t dangerous. She said he lost his arm years ago.

“My brother was a loving and caring person,” she said.

“And he does so much for my grammy and us, he would always have us smiling. So, yeah, he was a good guy.”

Stubbs added, “He did stuff around the yard for my grammy and helped her in a big way. Even though he only had one hand, he still helped her as much as he could.”

Stubbs said as far as she knew, her brother wasn’t involved with any gangs. She said while he could be rowdy when drinking, he was never a threat.

“After he got his hand chopped off, he used to stick to himself,” she said.

“So, he never used to really bother nobody, but everybody used to pick fights with him. Probably, he might get drunk and say some stuff he didn’t mean, but he wasn’t going to kill a fly.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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