The country’s latest homicide victim has been identified by family members as 18-year-old Joshua Rolle.
According to police, just after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, gunshots were heard in the area of Quakoo Street, between Market and East Streets.
A short while later Rolle’s body was found.
He was wearing a short blue pants and white t-shirt and had multiple gunshot injuries to his body.
Rolle’s sister, Deshonell Darling, who spoke to the Bahama Journal at the scene, said her brother was shot three times in his chest and when she actually got to him, he was still gasping for air.
“I was home and someone came to me and told me that my brother was shot,” she said.
“When I got there, he was gasping for breath and the police pushed me and told me I couldn’t go near him. My brother isn’t a saint but they didn’t have to carry on like that to me. I only came to see what happened and I couldn’t even get to him. I even saw his eyes roll over.”
Ms. Darling also told the Journal that her brother just recently left the Simpson Penn School for Boys after spending 10 months for armed robbery but she could not explain who would want to harm him.
“He was at the gambling house when this happened,” she said.
“There is a gang around here though and I believe this happened because of them. I don’t know who shot him or why they shot him. He lives with his daddy and he would come by me, bathe, got to work and then come back by me and then he would go back to his father. He is not a troublesome person.”
She also said her brother had made a complete turn around since leaving the Simpson Penn School and had big plans for the upcoming fall semester.
“He was going to go to BTVI in September,” Ms. Darling said.
“He just turned 18 last June. [Today] would have made him 19. He had hopes and dreams for himself. He didn’t want to be on the streets.”
Police are uncertain of the circumstances surrounding this incident and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding this incident to contact police.
This latest slaying pushes the count to 67 for the year.