Murdered man was ‘filled with excitement’ shortly before death

The daughter of a man who was shot to death in front of his business, Village Pub Sporting Lounge, on Balfour Avenue on Tuesday night, said he was filled with excitement moments before he died.

The victim was identified as Roberto Lewis, 46.

His daughter told The Nassau Guardian that he had 10 children.

“He was just extra happy that night for some reason,” said the 23-year-old woman, who asked that she only be identified by her last name — Lewis. 

“He was dancing in the club all night.”

She said her last conversation with her father was brief.

“He said tonight if he dies, I’m going to be a billionaire,” Lewis said.

When asked if her father was signalling to her that he knew that something was going to happen, Lewis said, “He just was happy.”

Police said the man exited the business and was walking east on Balfour Avenue when a dark colored Nissan drove next to him.

An assailant exited the vehicle and shot Lewis about the body shortly before 10 p.m. 

His daughter said she was at the bar when she received the news about her father.

“I was in the bar and then [when] we walked out, they run and tell me he was shot and I came out here,” she said, pointing at a bloodstained sidewalk.

She said when she saw her father on the sidewalk, he was still alive.

As she stared at the spot on the sidewalk where her father took his last breath, Lewis began to cry and became speechless.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Audley Peters confirmed that the shooting victim was known to police.

According to Peters, the establishment was shut down several times due to violation of the COVID-19 emergency orders.

“I can’t confirm an accurate number, but on a number of occasions, we went there to deal with matters rising out of that establishment,” he said.

The current emergency order prohibits New Providence bars from operating, but allows for outdoor restaurant dining.

Troy Clarke, who is the CEO of The National L.E.A.D Institute, a correctional organization, described his cousin, Roberto Lewis, as a “fun and loving” person.

“As an adult male in recent times, he always just had this bubbly spirit and [was] a quiet person who would sometimes give you the last out of his pocket,” Clarke said.

“He loved his children. He loved his family and was always family-oriented.”

Clarke said he was unaware of any problems Lewis could have been involved in.

“People like to say you have your challenges as young men,” he said.

“To my known understanding, I don’t know any challenges locally that he may have had here in The Bahamas, but it’s so sad to see the senseless killing that is happening and it seems like it’s no end in sight.

“There’s no plan as a community to actually cry out to say enough is enough because too much of our brothers and even our sisters are being gunned down in their homes and in the streets and if there isn’t a mechanism put in place to help our young people from falling through the cracks, this cycle is going to continue.”

Clarke, who works as a correctional consultant, said the correctional facility has an obligation to assist in ensuring that people who are released don’t fall back into violence.

“If our correctional facility does not truly rehabilitate and especially during this time of COVID-19, rehabilitate the offender, it isn’t how they are coming out and if we don’t know how they are coming out that is a serious safety issue,” he said.

“That is what we are seeing out on the streets today.” 

On September 20, Reyes Williams, seven, was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in front of his mother’s house in Nassau Village.

A mother and her eight-year-old daughter were found shot to death in a home in Nassau Village on Monday morning, police said. 

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