Earlier today [Jan 24] Area MPs Michael Weeks and Rolfe Commissiong spoke with the media following last night’s double murder which took the lives of Rico Furbert, 25, and Haile ‘Star Child’ Outerbridge, 34.
The two men were chased into at Belvin’s Variety Store on Happy Valley Road in Pembroke, and shot multiple times. The police released CCTV images of the shooter, and also confirmed the arrest of a 21-year-old Sandys man in connection with the incident.
Mr Commissiong said that besides the criminal justice response to this tragic incident, “we must also focus on the underlying causes which are causing these behaviours to proliferate…particularly among working class young black men and to be situated in working class black communities all up and down the country.
“We cannot be in denial about this,” said the Pembroke South East MP. “Until we learn to talk the hard truth about what is going on…as I have attempted to do over the last 20 years, even before becoming a Member of Parliament as many of you know….we are still going to be finding ourselves spinning our wheels in trying to reduce and quell in what is becoming a social threat to all of Bermuda.”
Mr Weeks, who recently suffered his own tragedy after losing his son in a traffic collision, extended his sympathies to the family and appealed to the community to work together.
“These guys are not just dropping out of the sky, somebody is harbouring them. Somebody knows who these people are…where they are. We just need to come together as a community,” said Mr Weeks.
The investigation continues, and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 & 247-1340 or on the confidential & independent Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 (TIPS).