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Mother Living in Fear

The mother of a recent murder victim said she is in fear of her life and fearful for the safety of her surviving children and family members, so much so that she has packed up her belongings and is leaving the island for good.

What makes matters worse in this situation is the fact that more than two weeks after her son was found dead she has still not been able to positively identify him, bury him and the closure she said she desperately needs.

The grieving mother who did not want her identity revealed said she is so fearful of criminals shooting at her and threatening her again, that the only way she would allow the Journal to communicate with her over the past few days was over the phone.

“I’m afraid,” she said. “And I have family members who I live with and they are afraid because my last son was threatened. At least my last son is alive and I don’t want him to be killed and we find him dead some place.”

In fact the mother added that she plans to leave the island today for good, fearful that thugs who she claims shot up her house and threatened her entire family will come back looking for blood.

Her second oldest son 32-year-old Anthony Fox Rolle was found dead, decomposing through a tract road by the South Beach Canals on July 29.

He was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time.

In the midst of trying to ship herself and her two youngest children, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, out of Nassau in a bid to save their lives, this mother’s problems are further compounded by the fact that, as she claims, police and hospital officials are seemingly dragging their feet in giving her closure.

“Since his death we haven’t been able to identify the body they say we will not be able to see the body because it’s too badly decomposed and I think that’s a bunch of foolishness.

“I haven’t been able to see the body no other than his chain and his watch, that’s the most we’ve seen so far, other than that we haven’t seen anything yet. Nothing.”

She said she does not know how her son was positively identified if family members did not sign off on it.

She added that family members are also pushing her to leave as they fear just being associated with her might end in them being killed.

The mother added that her son’s father was told he would have to submit a sample for DNA testing for a positive identification because the body is so badly decomposed.

The mother added that she thinks the father submitted the samples sometime last week and the family is now awaiting those results.

“I don’t know who to go to, who to contact who to ask for help because it seems to me like everyone is just running away,” she said, crying.

“It’s been rough. I’m trying to keep my head up for my other children but it’s rough. It’s bad that’s I’m here just waiting to get some word to know if I can bury the body or cremate it or whatever I have to do.”

This is her second son to be murdered, but, sadly her story is not unique.

Parliamentarians passed a number of crime related bills on Monday.

During his contribution, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage said the government is paying close attention to this trend of victims and witnesses being threatened and working with police and prison officials to ensure that those out on bail and even behind bars stop sending threats.

The mother said she hopes relocating to another island will give her peace of mind and a fresh start.

While it will not bring either of her dead sons back, she said she knows their memories live on in her surviving children whom she plans to keep near and dear to her heart.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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