Condolences Expressed After Fatal Shooting

October 25, 2015

[Updated] “The tragic events of Friday night are a harsh reminder of the work that remains to be done to strengthen the fabric of our communities against violence of this kind,” Premier and Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley said in the wake of the fatal shooting on Friday evening.

The Premier added, “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of the victim of this crime as they come to terms with so sudden a loss. As we do so and as we unite in supporting them at this difficult time, we can also help them by helping the investigation.

“Witnesses or people with information regarding this crime should contact the police or use the confidential CrimeStoppers number. Justice is our communal responsibility and bringing the offenders to justice should be of equal concern in our community.”

Audio of Police Spokesperson Robin Simmons speaking at the scene on Friday evening

At around 10:40pm on Friday [Oct 23] there was a shooting outside Southampton Rangers which resulted in the death of a 26 year old man, and a second male shooting victim being injured. The police have not officially identified the victim as of this time, however can be expected to later today or tomorrow.

Following the shooting, the Bermuda Football Association postponed five football matches that were scheduled to take place in the western end of the island today [Oct 25], with the BFA saying that they were following a recommendation from the police.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or the anonymous and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.

Update 7.59pm: Shadow Public Safety Minister Walter Roban said, “We extend our deepest and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who was the victim of another act of needless violence. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the second victim as they recover.

“It was heartbreaking to hear of another incidence of violence in our community. It was worse to receive the news that yet another young Bermudian had been shot dead in Southampton Friday night. We continue to condemn the acts of those members of our society who think it is appropriate to resort to any violence, but especially gun violence.

“This same gun violence has become a blight in our community that we must work to eradicate, and we continue to join with the police and the community in appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”

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