Man, 38, murdered in Pinewood Gardens

As she prepared for bed late Tuesday night, Chantel E. Banks, 55, received a phone call from who she thought was her son.

However, when she answered it was a stranger on the other line.

In the background, Banks said, she could hear her son, Travis Knowles, 38, groaning and mumbling, “Hold on.”

He was clearly in pain, she said.

“Hold on” were the last words she heard from her son.

Police said two men were walking on Ash Lane, Pinewood Gardens, near Mount Tabor Church around 11 p.m., when a man known to them


Police said this man pulled out a gun and shot the men. They were transported to hospital where Knowles later died.

“I thought it was a joke at first,” Banks told The Nassau Guardian.

“[W]hen his number showed up in my phone, I was like, ‘He’s calling me at 11:20 at night. He don’t normally call me at this hour.’

“So, I said, ‘Hello.’

“And the guy was like, ‘You’re Travis’ mom?’

“I said, ‘Yeah.’

“He said, ‘Travis just got shot multiple times and he’s conscious but the ambulance is taking very long and the police is taking very long.’”

It was around 12:30 a.m. when doctors informed her that her son had died, Banks said.

“It’s just heartbreaking,” she said with tears in her eyes.

“I never thought a day would come for me to see this in my family.”

Knowles worked as a certified carpenter, according to his mother.

“What he did for a living, it wasn’t what I wanted but it was his decision,” she said.

“So, you know, you only can talk and voice your opinions but when they get of age then I can’t treat him like a baby.”

Banks said Knowles would do what he needed to make ends meet.

She said he wasn’t “a perfect child”.

“He had his ways,” Banks said.

“He did what he wanted to do. He was set in his ways that, you know, was unbreakable.”

He was the eldest of seven children.

“[He was] the first one out who paved the way,” said his sister, Temra Russell, 27.

Russell said Knowles had recently converted to Islam.

She said he had also recently cut off his dreadlocks.

This latest incident pushed the murder count to 89 for the year so far.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

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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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