Murder Victim’s Family: End the Violence

March 7, 2011

colford fergusonThe family of 29-year-old murder victim Colford Ferguson has formed a group which has a clear message to send: “The community has had enough.”

Mr Ferguson, whom Police confirmed was not a gang member, was doing construction work when he was murdered at approximately 2pm on February 4th, 2011 in Somerset.

He left behind many devasted friends and family members, including a four-year- old daughter.

The newly-formed organisation is called “Colford’s Family Against Violence”, and its motto is “Stop the Silence End the Violence.”

A member of the family said, “The family of Colford have decided that we as a community need to take a stand and come together to put an end to this senseless violence that is plaguing our small island.”

“We are having another candlelight vigil at 7:30pm on Sunday March 13th in Somerset outside the place where Colford was murdered, and we would like to invite any other family who has been affected by this violence whether it be directly or just general people in the community who don’t feel safe, to come out and join us.”

“We would like to stress that this is a call to end the violence — that the community has had ENOUGH! We encourage all who want to ‘take back our streets’ to come out for the vigil.”

Last month the family hosted a candlelight vigil at Eastshore Road, Sandys, the same area where Mr Ferguson was murdered days prior. The event started with a powerful prayer led by community activist Scott Smith, and ended with a rendition of the Civil Rights anthem ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’

The family are also hoping to hold other vigils island-wide in other communities impacted by the gun violence. They have already spoken with the family of James Lawes, who was gunned down on Court Street in March 2010, and are planning a candlelight vigil later this month on Dundonald Street.

The family has asked that family members of other victims to please feel free to contact them, so they can get approval and work together on vigils for their sons/brothers/cousins etc. candlelight vigil. Ms Smith can be contacted  on 296-2128.

Citing the need for the community to remember the devastating impact of widespread gun violence in Bermuda, the family cited the growing number murder victims from recent years including Shaundae Jones, Freddy Maybury, Shaki Crockwell, Jason Lightbourne, Kenwandee Robinson, George Lynch, Jahmiko LeShore, Perry Puckerin, Kumi Harford, Troy Yankee Rawlins, Gary Cann, Kimwandae Walker, Tekle Mallory, Shane Minors,  Aquil Richardson and more.

Anyone with any information regarding any of the murders, is encouraged to contact the Serious Crimes Unit on 295-0011 or the independent confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477.

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  1. Concerned says:

    Am I the only one that sees a slight resemblance between Mr. Ferguson and the latest gun victim Mr. LeShore? Could it be that Mr. Ferguson was shot by someone who thought he was Mr. LeShore. The police did confirm that he had no gang affiliation and Mr. Leshore was shot shortly after. I don't know but my gut tells me that this is the case!

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    • White Jesus says:

      Perhaps you are correct about the mistaken identity and correlation between shootings. However, you're dead wrong about why. All black people do not necessarily look alike. The shooter obviously didn't know his intended victim very well. Simple as that!
      Oh and yes, you're the only one that sees a resemblance.

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    • Winnie says:

      You have a point about the resemblance,because before I opened the item just looking at the picture I thought it was Leshore hhmmmmmm rather interesting observation @ concerned.

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  2. safer says:

    STOP WITH YOUR MINI INVESTIGATION YOU SOUND SO STUPID (CONCERNED) SMDH!!LET THE FAMILIES MOURN IN PEACE

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  3. Terry says:

    I am sure the Police are on top of this and all aspects of these murders. Lots of people's looks are similar but no cause for such a brazen statement.

    Wish I could be there but I can't. I hope that more people turn out this time. There were many there at the last virgil. Make a stand, be counted and help stop this madness.

    Easy to hide behind a pen name here but are you willing to stand, be counted? It's hard but if you don't your nightmares will become reality.

    Best to the family in their troubled times. Thats what the children want you/us to do.

    I want to see traffic stopped/blocked for miles. Might bring some semblence of community.

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  4. shamel says:

    they don't look the same to me. besides, who knows why any of this bs goes down, i bet the men shot didn't know why either, and maybe even the shooters couldn't tell you why themselves

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  5. Terry says:

    Wow!!!! Shamel.....thats some statement.

    Shooters are shooting discriminately? Just for the hell of it?

    Why not Front Street, Reid, Court, Causeway....so many tagets.

    Shooters coundn't tell you why themselves".....

    Try a freeking duck, a pigeon, a lamp/light post. Your fellow man?

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  6. KMHBermuda says:

    I commend the family for doing something like this while their hearts must still be breaking. It is definitely time for this community to come together and say (with apologies to the movie 'Network') "We're madder than hell, and we're not going to take it any more!"
    My sincerest condolences to Mr. Ferguson's family and friends.

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    • R.I.P. Colford says:

      Thanks KMH Bermuda... Trust me it's very hard, we as a community need to stick together and beat this. UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.....

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  7. strong says:

    ALL I CAN SAY IS REST IN SWEET PEACE COLFORD.....

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