By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 19-year-old youth and a former Carifta medallist were killed in two separate shooting incidents over the weekend.
In the first incident, police found a man on Milton Street with gun shot wounds in his shoulder, side and head after responding to reports about a shooting around 9pm on Saturday.
The unidentified man was reportedly riding his bicycle in the area when a man armed with a handgun opened fire and killed him before fleeing the scene on foot.
The 19-year-old’s death came a day after a 27-year-old man was listed in serious condition at the Princess Margaret Hospital after being shot in his stomach and thigh shortly after 11pm on Milton Street.
In the second incident, police responded to calls about a shooting at a nightclub on Queens Highway, Grand Bahama where they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds in his upper body.
The man, who family and friends identified as 27-year-old Rimardo Rolle, was shot around 2am Sunday. Later, at 9:45am, he died of his injuries at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Two men ages 26 and 21 are assisting police with their investigation into his death.
The Tribune understands that Rimardo participated in the annual Carifta games when he competed in the men’s under-20 400m, losing to Usain Bolt, among others.
Shantia Edrica, who described herself as a good friend of the victim, talked with The Tribune yesterday about his death.
“Mardo,” she said, “was always a go getter, and always had a positive attitude. We attended college together where he was on the track team. He was always someone you could count on. His mother has every right to cry why ‘my good son’, since he was a good person.”
“I can’t believe I am talking about him in the past tense,” she said.
Ms Edrica said she and Rimardo went to Kansas City community college together nearly a decade ago. She added that she doesn’t believe her “good friend” was targeted.
“He was his (mother’s) only child and I know she is not taking this well,” she said.