Victim’s sister grapples with loss
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man was found dead on a service road off Pioneers Way near Coral Road in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Saturday, authorities reported yesterday.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Samuel Butler, police were investigating the death as a homicide.
He told Eyewitness News Online that the body was in the early stages of decomposition, indicating the incident occurred “very, very recently”.
Asked whether there were any visible injuries, Butler said there was bruising to the head, stomach and one of the victim’s hands, consistent with blunt force trauma.
“The victim may have been hit with a car based on examination,” he said.
“We’re not 100 per cent certain about that.
“We’ll wait for the pathologist to tell us a little bit more.
“There appeared to have been some injury to one of the hands that may be consistent also with some blunt force instrument hitting him.
“We suspect it may be a car.”
Police did not release the identity of the man, however, a woman purporting to be the sister of the victim identified him as Charles Rolle Jr., fondly called ‘CJ’
“News to wake up to,” Shawna Shari Francis wrote in a Facebook post.
“I only have two siblings now.
“I only have one left because someone decided to take your life and leave you on [the] side of the road like you were an animal.
“CJ, I will always love you and this is the hardest blow I have ever taken. Rest in Peace baby.
In another post, she wrote: “My big brother, my only brother, I will forever miss you and love you. Rest in perfect peace.”
While details on the circumstances surrounding the death were limited, Butler pointed out that the area where the victim was found was unfrequented.
“The location is not a location that the ordinary person… traverses,” Butler noted.
“If you understand Freeport, there are a number of service roads where they service a number of service poles.
“That’s one of those roads.
“That’s not one of those roads that’s open and traffic traverses through. “
There have been 16 murders in the country for 2019, representing a 24 per cent decrease in murders when compared to the 21 recorded up to March 17, 2018.
Yesterday, Butler insisted that authorities will continue to work around the clock to keep crime under control.