Two more men murdered

Police reported yesterday that two more men were murdered.

According to police, one of the men was found dead with gunshot wounds on Tuesday morning on Bahama Avenue off Blue Hill Road and the other man died in hospital yesterday after he was shot multiple times on Grand Bahama on Monday morning.

The incidents came after two men were murdered over the weekend.

While Minister of National Security Marvin Dames insisted yesterday that police have a handle on the murder rate, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the crime level in the country is “unacceptable”.

“We have an unacceptable level of crime and violence in this country,” Turnquest said outside Cabinet.

“Though the trend has been coming down, as long as there is one person who is losing their life to senseless violence, it’s one too many. We certainly grieve with this family and we encourage the general population to try to find conflict resolution alternatives.

“We all get angry from time to time but we must not lose our temper such that we resolve ourselves to actually physically trying to harm or kill somebody.”

When asked about the recent spate of murders, Dames said, “This is the world that we’re living in.

“You can’t find any country that boasts about having a zero murder rate, and so I mean these are the challenges that we will have to deal with from time to time.

“…But I have every confidence that the police are on top of things, and the numbers certainly today would reflect that, and if we continue on this trend we will have another record-breaking year in respect to overall crime and murders.

“And so while one murder is one too many, this is a part of the reality. Having said that, I’m very confident that we are moving in the right direction and the numbers are certainly reflecting that they are.

“I would have spoken to the commissioner over the weekend who would have assured me that they’re very much on top of things and I have every confidence that they are.”

Minister of Transport Renward Wells’ brother, Cabrio Wells, was one of the men murdered on Sunday.

Both Dames and Turnquest offered condolences to Wells’ family.

Dames said, “I had an opportunity to speak to my colleague and offer my condolences. Whether it’s a Cabinet minister or anybody else, there’s no difference.

“Murder affects us all. Crime affects us all, and we all have a vested responsibility to ensure that we do our respective parts to continue to bring the level of crime in this country down.”

The murder count now stands at 53 for the year.

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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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