Tributes Paid On Murder Victim’s Birthday

March 27, 2011

Close to one hundred people gathered last night [Mar.26] on Hermitage Road in Devonshire to pay tribute to Jahmiko Leshore, and to call for an end to all gun violence.

On March 1st, 2011, Mr Leshore was leaving a residence in the Boundary Crescent area of Devonshire – yards away from where the vigil was held – when he was shot multiple times, sustaining mortal wounds. He would have turned 27 years old yesterday.

The vigil started, and ended, with Brother Ritchie playing Barrington Levy’s ‘Vice Versa Love‘, with the passage to all the rude boys put down all your guns, the only ammunition we need is love drawing “lighters up” from many present.

Mr Leshore’s friends were out in full force, with almost two dozen young men from the Hermitage Road Family in attendance. With photos of Mr Leshore clipped to their jackets and gold chains, the young men studiously held their candles and participated in the event.

Vigil In Memory Of Jahmiko Leshore Bermuda Mar 26th 2011-1-6

Mr Leshore’s girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time of his murder, recently welcomed their son into the world. The baby, only a few days old, took in the proceedings from a nearby car, drawing a stream of admirers to take a peak at him.

Thanks was given during the vigil for his son coming into the world, with those present asked to pray for the baby and his mother Tashae Brown.

Candles flickered in the wind as community activist Scott Smith welcomed everyone, and said a word of prayer. Two songs were expressed via sign language and Grejai Smith read a scripture, before brief speeches by Dr Stanley James and community activist Gina Spence.

The families of other murder victims attended, with both the Spence/Lawes and Ferguson/Smith family coming to lend their support. The Bermuda Police Service maintained watch over the vigil, with thanks extended to them at the end for their presence.

Five people, including two females, have been arrested in connection with Mr Leshore’s murder, however no charges have been laid, and the case remains open. Anyone with any information about the murder of Jahmiko Leshore is encouraged to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 295-0011 or the independent, confidential Crime Stoppers Bermuda hotline on 800-8477.

The event was organised by the group ‘Colfords Family Against Violence’, which was formed after 29-year-old Colford Ferguson was murdered last month. The family said they “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.”

This is the third vigil the group has organised, following the Colford Ferguson Vigil and the James “Junior” Lawes Vigil, and two more are planned.

Next Saturday [Apr.2] there will be a vigil at Victor Scott School field at 7:30pm, in memory of Kimwandae “Biggs” Walker, who was gunned down in front of his two young children during a Good Friday kite flying event last year.

His mother previously spoke out saying, “One moment he was frolicking with his children, teaching them to fly kites and generally enjoying his time with them. The next moment he was running for his life as he was being chased by persons with a gun determined to end his life – and this they did, while his children ages 9 & 4, watched in horror. They will forever have the memory of seeing him shot down like an animal in their hearts and their minds. To see the pain on their faces breaks what’s left of my heart.”

The following day [Sunday, Apr.3] there will be a vigil at 7:30pm at Woody’s in Sandys, a date which coincides with the birthday of Freddy Maybury, who was murdered on June 14, 2010 in the same location.

Mr Maybury, a self employed plumber, was a father of two and the mother of his oldest son passed away in March 2010 from cancer, so the murder left the young teen with no living parents, having lost both in a space of three months.

The organisers have extended an invitation to the everyone in the community to attend the upcoming vigils.

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  1. Joe says:

    Did he have a chance anyway? Sad to say this, but at 16, a father, unskilled and most likely not headed for further education, in today’s world it looks like he had already made his choices. Guns are not to blame here, they are merely the instrument of death. Parenting, schools, and a positive message beginning at a young age are what’s needed; perhaps a government that would focus more on its people and less on itself; perhaps leaders who care; perhaps a different message delivered; perhaps perhaps. Meanwhile the vigils will go on and nothing will change because to force real change means saying something is wrong within our community -and the black community- and that just wont happen.

    • bernews says:

      As a note there may be some confusion, as to our knowledge Mr Leshore became a father for the first time a few days ago, not at 16.

    • Just saying says:

      Joe obviously u have never been to any of the vigils to get the message that is being sent out. People complain when no one takes a stand and when someone does it’s not good enough. Well Joe it’s a start and to the organization COLFORDS family against violence keep up the good work. Joe you get out there and do something being the vigils are not enough for you. Until than be quiet.

  2. Family Member says:

    Joe: Jahmiko would have been 27 years old on March 26, 2011. I dont know where you came up with the age of 16.

  3. D. Everett says:

    Joe is just another person speaking out of his piehole without knowing the facts!!!

  4. Tyler Durden says:

    Joe you couldn’t be more right. Lack of education that results in poor parenting is the root cause of this…and this comes from the government serving themselves and the social elite.

  5. YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG AROUND says:

    ADVISE: IF YOU HANG WITH DOGS YOU GET FLEES…YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG AROUND…YOUR FRIENDS TELL A LOT ABOUT YOURSELF. ITS SAD THAT WE KEEP LOOSING MEN IN BERMUDA TO GUN VIOLENCE BUT PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO WAKE UP AND CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY. UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE HAV GOTTEN SOMEONE ELSES BULLET. BUT STILL THEY ALL WERE ASSOCIATING WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE EITHER INVOLVED IN GANGS, INVOLVED IN COURT CASES, OR INVOLVED BY WORKING MATES. NONE OF THESE MEN DESERVED TO DIE. I KNEW KUMI, PERRY, COLFORD, SHANE AND KENWONDEE. ALL THE OTHER VICTIMS I KNOW THEIR FAMILY OR FRIENDS. SO I HAVE SHARED THEIR PAIN ASWELL. THIS CURRENT VICTIM RANDY, YOUR FAMILY HAS MY CONDOLENCES. I HOPE THAT PEOPLE IN GENERAL WILL REALIZE THAT WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH HAS A BIGGER AFFECT ON YOUR LIFE THEN WHAT YOU THINK. GOING TO THESE BARS, SESSIONS, DANCES, HOMES, PRIVATE PARTIES. WATCH YA COMPANY BERMUDA. IF YOU ARE NOT IN A GANG THEN WHY ARE YOU OUTSIDE WITH GANG MEMBERS??????????????????????????? IF YOU ARE NOT IN A GANG THEN WHY DO YOU FEEL THE NEED TO STOP TO THESE ONES AND SAY HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT MOVING THEY HAVE A DEATH WISH…SO IF YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN BEFRIEND A GANG MEMBER OR TO THE WOMAN DATING A GANG MEMBER,GO AND BUY THAT BLACK DRESS RIGHT NOW. ALL THIS RIP CRAP…YOU KNEW WHAT ACEBOYS LIFESTYLE WAS ABOUT SO WHY THE HECK YOU CRYING? EVERYONE SAYS ITS NOT GONNA BE ME. ITS NOT GONNA BE ME….BUT U STILL ROLL WITH PARKSIDE, 42, MOB, ORC, MTOWN, FRONTLINE, WHITEHILL, TOP SQUARE, ST. DAVIDS, HARLEM, SOUTHSIDE. I HAVE NEVER HEARD A GUN GO OFF BEFORE. BUT I AM SURE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHAT A GUN SHOT SOUNDS LIKE. WAKE UP HUMAN RACE AND WHAT YOUR ASSOCIATION!