NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police have confirmed the stabbing death of a 30-year-old mother and attempted suicide of her boyfriend in Grand Bahama, stemmed from a domestic matter.
The woman has been identified as Monet Rolle by her relatives.
At a press conference yesterday, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson identified her boyfriend Kendrick “BJ” Hanna as a suspect.
Police believe Hanna attempted to commit suicide when he jumped from the third-floor balcony of the apartment complex where Rolle’s lifeless body was found.
In a post on Facebook, Rolle’s sister expressed shock over the loss.
“My sister is gone. Jesus why?” Jenell Rolle wrote.
“This hurts so much.”
In a separate post, Rolle wrote: “Thank you to everyone sending their love by messaging and calling. I’m not mentally prepared to speak with anyone at this time.”
According to police, officers were called to the scene shortly before 9pm on Tuesday.
Video clips circulating on social media show a tense stand-off between police and the man, who stood on the balcony’s railing as officers and others pleaded for him to step down and to let them attend to the woman.
In one clip, the man could be seen turned to face the apartment building with his arms outstretched.
He was shirtless and wearing shorts, and could be heard shouting in on clip shouting “she lied on me.”
“She dead, she dead,” the man can be heard saying in another one of the short clips that went viral Tuesday evening.
Another man replied: “I need to get to her please, let me get to her.”
“No, she dead, she dead,” the man standing on the balcony said.
“I need to see that for myself,” the other man insisted repeatedly, “I need to know that for myself.”
Officers were on one side of the balcony and could be seen attempting to edge past the man.
In one clip, officers can be seen walking near the man, and a man in a striped shirt appears to try and grab him.
However, the man turns suddenly and jumps off the balcony as the other man clutches the air after him.
The man was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The latest killing marks the 77th murder in the country, so far for the year.
It also marks the first murder on Grand Bahama since the passage of Hurricane Dorian nearly three weeks ago.
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said while officers are still focused on recovery and relief efforts, there is still enough manpower on the island to handle other criminal activity.
“I also want to say that in Grand Bahama, as well as Abaco, we’ve had assistance from the CARICOM countries,” Ferguson told reporters, following a press conference at police headquarters.
“They have deployed 18 officers from CARICOM in the Abacos and 15 in Grand Bahama. So, we have assistance in Grand Bahama which will allow those officers who are working to get some break time.
“Just based on that will tell you the concern and care we have for our officers.”