By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
British citizen Edgar George Dart, who was shot and killed while in Grand Bahama, is being hailed as a “hero” by grieving family members.
Dart, 56, a wealthy farmer whose home is in Canada, and six other relatives were at his mother’s home in Emerald Bay on April 8 when armed intruders broke in around 7am and took them hostage.
The three masked men were armed with a firearm and a machete. Mr Dart apparently got into an argument with one of the men and was shot.
The family was tied up with duct tape and robbed of jewellery and other personal items.
Mr Dart’s 13-year-old son, George, his mother, Joy, 79, and brother Colin, 55, his brother’s wife, Allison, in her 50’s, and their 15-year-old son Luke, and relative Pip Poole, 29, all from England, were at the home on Dunton Lane at the time.
Mrs Joy Dart and her late husband, Colin Dart, a wealthy British resident, built and lived at their home in Grand Bahama.
Mr Dart died of cancer last December at the age 84. The two sons and their family were in Grand Bahama to spend the Easter holiday with their mother.
Police have questioned some persons in connection with the incident, but so far no arrests have been made.
The Tribune understands that three young men from East Grand Bahama were taken in for questioning by police, however, Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour could not be reached on Thursday to confirm this.
News of Mr Dart’s death has been followed in the press in Britain, and in Canada where he has lived for the past 16 years.
In Thursday’s Freeport News, the family placed a memorial, paying tribute to Edgar Dart.
It read: “Much loved Father, Son, Brother, and Uncle. He died at his mother’s home in Grand Bahama protecting his family. He is our Hero.”
There was also a photograph of Mr Dart, holding up a large game fish at the family’s canal-front residence in Grand Bahama.
Mr Dart’s death has been classified as Grand Bahama’s sixth homicide for 2014.