NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the teenage son of Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira.
According to ASP Audley Peters, officers responded to reports that a juvenile was found unresponsive at Ferreira’s Oxford Drive residence shortly after 2pm today.
The teenager was found in his room on the floor with no sign of injuries.
Peters said EMS was called to the scene and performed CPR but their attempts were not successful.
He advised that preliminary investigations determined it was an apparent suicide.
Her Majesty’s Coroner visited the scene and investigations are ongoing.
The police press liaison encouraged Bahamians to find a coping mechanism before making a decision to hurt themselves.
“It certainly has been a very overwhelming couple of months and we encourage persons who may be feeling pressured to take a second look, take a second step back and consider their options,” Peters said.
“Whether it be financial pressure, emotional pressure or pressure from relatives, there is always someone they can find to talk to.
“If that option is not available to them, they can also do things like walk on the beach, self-talk or practice the art of moment meditations, where they use candlelight and quiet their minds down to assist them to deal with the day’s event and not project themselves or their lives too far into the future.
“The truth is we can only handle the matters of the day, so we encourage individuals to practice some form of self-medication, self-encouragement.”