As our nation observed the 38th anniversary of our national independence the Englerston community was again shaken when yet another young man’s blood soaked its streets, his life snuffed out by gunfire. He was 25 years of age.
This has become the signature triumph of criminality in our Bahamas. In the aftermath is left his grieving parents and his extended family, a wounded community and a country witnessing in almost helpless fashion, the rapid escalation of violent bloodshed. We must resist any rationalization of this tragedy, or any other, as killings taking place in some narrow realm of “bad people” with a criminal past or who have been in prison etc. Because in our effort to build a decent society we must face our truth and decline any comfort zones.
We must ask ourselves why so many young Bahamian men meet their demise in such similar circumstances by such vicious and violent means? We must ask why we are seeing this proliferation of illegal firearms which enter undetected into this country and are transacted with apparent ease into the hands of so many young people . We must always remember that each murder statistic has an identity. Last night’s victim’s name was Francisco Hanna. His family lived on Key West Street. He was a talented artist. He had a troubled childhood. He was loved.
The people of Englerston demand immediate action through the aggressive implementation of policies and programmes which address the truth of what is happening in their communi ty and in the country at large. They want an end to this horror.