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Grandmother Murdered

An argument over money turned deadly Saturday after a 72-year-old grandmother was stabbed to death by a relative who lived with her.

The Bahama Journal has confirmed the victim’s identity as Vivian Johnson of Greenway Drive, Carmichael.

Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old suspect is in custody.

According to reports, the incident occurred shortly before 8:00 p.m.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Johnson’s body with multiple stab wounds.

Police have confirmed that the suspect lived at home with the victim.

Johnson, who hails from Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, worked at the former BaTelCo as a telephone operator for more than 30 years.

She has two children, one of whom is a prison officer who is now serving a long-term sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) and a daughter, who is a chartered accountant.

A former co-worker and long-time friend who was shocked by Johnson’s passing, spoke with The Bahama Journal on condition of anonymity.

She described Johnson as a “humble” person.

The friend recalled her last conversation with Vivian saying, “I just spoke to her on Friday. She had some apartments through my corner in Bel-Air Estates and she was just telling me how some tenants broke up her apartment, so she had some guys come and paint her place.”

“We were talking about another one of our co-workers who had died and we had just said we would go to the funeral. Vivian was a no nonsense person. She believed in her morals and did not cover up wrongdoing. If you were wrong, you were wrong. She would tell you.”

Johnson had just celebrated her 72nd birthday three weeks ago, the woman told The Journal.

Her friend described Vivian as a woman who loved all of her family.

“She took care of all of her grandchildren, even though they had different mothers, she didn’t treat them any differently,” she said.

“She cared for them financially and emotionally. I don’t know how they’re going to manage now that she is gone. God knows all things. I don’t why it happened. What she could have done to him [her killer], I don’t know.”

She added, “During our BaTelCo days I never had a problem working with her; I worked with her for eight years before moving to another department. She was always pleasant to work with, was never late for work and was very efficient in her work. She would give you her last if you needed it. Her son, who is now in prison, has several little boys and she would go and pick them up, give them lunch; she would ensure they had what they needed.”

Johnson was a member of Evangelistic Temple and a member of the 1600 Toastmasters Club.

Investigations into this latest slaying are ongoing.

In other crime news, a 23-year-old man was shot to death Saturday evening in Grand Bahama.

The victim has been identified as Joshua Bullard.

Police received a call about gunshots being fired at 8:00 p.m.

When they arrived on the scene, they found Bullard’s bullet riddled body lying on the ground.

EMS personnel pronounced him dead.

Bullard’s death marks Grand Bahama’s fifth murder for the year.

Police are now searching for the suspects in this incident.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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