Cob Assistant Professor Shot As She Tutored Her Grandson


Tribune Staff Reporter


AN afternoon tutoring session nearly turned fatal when two gunmen entered a home and opened fire on an elderly woman and her son yesterday.

One of the victims, 68-year-old Judith Blair, who is also an assistant Chemistry professor at the College of the Bahamas, was helping her grandson with his studies when the men entered a back door of her home. 

Her son, Marvin Blair, 34, was also inside the Baillou Hill Estates home, which is just off Tonique Williams Highway.  There is a lot of activity in the area with two nearby churches – the Trinity Assembly City of Praise and Chapel on the Hill — and a school and several basketball courts for community use. 

Police said the incident happened at around 3pm yesterday. The police rushed to the area on receiving a call of an armed robbery. Once at the scene, they found both Mrs Blair and Marvin suffering from gunshot wounds.

Central Detective Unit Superintendent Paul Rolle said both men had demanded cash.

“After making them lie on the floor,” Mr Rolle said, “the male attempted to get his money from his wallet when one of the men opened fire hitting him to the torso. The second gunman returned and shot the elderly lady.”

Both the victims were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital a short time later for treatment. Mr Rolle said Mrs Blair’s grandson was not hurt, but he was also taken to hospital after being “shaken up” by the incident.

Mrs Blair’s son, Timothy Blair, said the incident reminded him that no one is immune from crime.

“We have to band together,” he said, “because they can come at anyone’s door in the middle of the day (or) while you are sleeping. We are confident about my mom’s recovery and my brother’s recovery and we are just not ashamed and afraid. We are a family that prays together, so I know we are going to get through this.”


Honeybun 4 years, 8 months ago

I pray that they recover soon. Marvin is one of the nicest people you would ever meet; they didn't deserve this. I am so fed up with the crime situation in this place. People are going to start and take matters into their own hands...forget sending them to jail KILL these criminals on the spot...that way at least we know for sure they wouldn't have a second chance to commit crimes.


Reality_Check 4 years, 8 months ago

The real criminals behind the root cause of this scourge or blight on our society sit in a place they call parliament!


ThisIsOurs 4 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if they feel this story is too sensational...?


SP 4 years, 8 months ago

@ Reality_Check.....Truer words were never written!


VS 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm praying for the Blair family during this time. Mrs. Blair is one of the sweetest, most sincere God-fearing women I know. She is a prayer warrior and a fighter, and both she and Marvin will LIVE and not die!


TheObjectiveVoice 4 years, 8 months ago

Praying for the family and the speedy recovery of Mrs. Blair and Marvin.


abacogrouper 4 years, 8 months ago

Love you Ms. Blair.... get well soon. God help us - The Bahamas.


sheeprunner12 4 years, 8 months ago

Dont know the lady/son.................. but where will this stop???????

Pride Estates????????????? Didnt we just hear about ppl not wanting these govt homes?

This sounds like the desperate are preying on their well-to-do neighbours East/West/South and even PI.............. social breakdown


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