Two men murdered in separate incidents

Two men were murdered on New Providence in separate incidents, police said yesterday.

The latest murder occurred around 5:30 p.m. on McQuay Street off Nassau Street.

Chief Superintendent Shanta Knowles said three men got into an altercation. One of the men, identified by relatives as Jeffrey Fowler, was stabbed and died at the scene.

She said police are now searching for the other two men.

Earlier in the day, police said a 17-year-old male of Fox Hill, who was out buying breakfast, was shot and killed around 8 a.m.

The victim was on Rahming Street, Fox Hill, when a lone gunman shot him, Knowles said.

The suspect then ran towards Fox Street and ultimately escaped in a Nissan vehicle, she added.

The victim’s father identified him as Jason Joseph.

Charite Joseph, 61, said he had just spoken to his son half an hour before the murder.

“I saw him just 7:30 this morning,” Joseph told reporters yesterday.

“He wanted money [for] breakfast. I gave him money to buy breakfast. After this, 20 minutes later, someone told me, ‘Your son’s dead.’

“I said, ‘Why is my son dead? I just talked to him.’

“He tell me, ‘Your son’s dead.’”

Joseph said he does not know why his son was killed.

Although he claimed his son was expelled from Doris Johnson Senior High School in grade 11 for bad behavior, he said he wasn’t aware of his son doing any “bad things”.

“Sometimes he washed cars for people,” Joseph said.

“Sometimes he went to work with people. Yesterday my cousin came here looking for him to work [but] he didn’t find him.

“This morning I called him. I said, ‘Jason, my cousin came yesterday to go to work. Why you don’t wake up early to go work?’

“He woke up… He asked, ‘Daddy I need money to go.’

“I gave him money to go. He went. Twenty minutes [later] people called me and said Jason’s dead.

“I don’t know why.”

Overcome with emotion, Joseph added: “I talked with my son every day.

“Every minute, I talked with him. I told him…I work hard to give you something when you need.”

Joseph said he feels that Jason would not have been killed had he not been expelled from school.

He described Jason as not knowing where he was going or what he was doing since coming out of the education system. 

Schools have been physically closed since March 16, and the country remains under a 24-hour curfew intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

But when asked if she was concerned that this latest homicide took place under curfew, Knowles said, “We’re concerned that it happened at all.

“We don’t wish for incidents like these to happen. We continue our patrols and we are pleading to the people to adhere to the curfew.”

She added, “We have numerous officers on the streets and we will continue to beef up our patrols in all areas…so that we can prevent, if possible, anything from happening.”

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