Union Leader's Son, 27, Shot Dead While Playing Video Games

Bahamas Public Services Union President John Pinder.

Bahamas Public Services Union President John Pinder.


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE 27-year-old son of National Congress of Trade Unions president John Pinder was shot multiple times and killed late on Monday night while playing video games in his Hillside Park home.

Police have not officially identified the victim but The Tribune understands he is John Jamal Pinder Jr.

Officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit, Superintendent Clayton Fernander, said Mr Pinder was playing video games with several male friends off Bernard Road when unknown persons shot through a window of the home.

Mr Pinder was shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scene. A second man was also shot and rushed to hospital by ambulance, where he remains in stable condition.

This latest murder takes the county's homicide count to 69 for the year, according to The Tribune's records.

Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell extended condolences to John Pinder on Tuesday morning calling the death a "tragedy".

"I wish to extend condolences to John Pinder, the Head of the National Congress of Trade Unions and the Bahamas Public Service Union, upon the death of his son in such tragic circumstances last evening," Mr Mitchell said.

"It must be quite difficult to fathom. It is very sad. I wish on behalf of the Fox Hill community, from which he hails, to extend condolences. The community stands with you in this time of bereavement. I spoke personally to Mr Pinder this morning by phone to pass on my condolences."

Police currently have no one in custody in connection with the homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.

Investigations continue.

Full story in Wednesday's Tribune


John 4 years ago

Very troublingi incident.


Honestman 4 years ago

What a hell hole of a country we live in! A young man, troubling no-one, is not safe in his own home. Nassau is one of the most dangerous places on earth and I don't care if the murder rate has dropped a little over the last few months. This is not a safe place to live! Condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.


BahamaPundit 4 years ago

What is the solution? I'm trembling in my boots just driving to work or stopping at an ATM. Should we wear bullet proof vests? It seems the writing is on the wall to exit the country before being shot dead. Just like wise Jews moved out of Natzi Germany, when they saw Hitler rising to power, and smart Cubans left Cuba before Castro's dictatorship. Living here is preparing to die at any moment. I'm writing my Will tonight. Bahamian residence is now a death sentence.


TalRussell 4 years ago

Comrade BahamaPundit, the world's people have come to understand that the Jews should and cannot be blamed for their failure to recognize events which were at this point in time during Nazi Germany's history from 1933 to 1945. What was about to come went beyond the limits of their imagination. "They Expected the Worst – They Did Not Expect the Unthinkable:"


newcitizen 4 years ago

What are you talking about? Your response has nothing to do with his post.


John 4 years ago

The biggest concern is for the safety of the family as they are not sure who the intended victim is and the motive for the shooting. Pray the police are quick to find the killer(s) and lock them away.


jusscool 4 years ago

Was it a coincident that Mr. Pinder's son or someone in his house was targeted? Well this one is to be continued. Pray for a speedy recovery of all victims!


The_Oracle 4 years ago

A bullet proof vest is a good idea Bahamapundit, except, the Government has outlawed their possession! That's right, honest law abiding citizens cannot avail themselves of a device designed to save your life!


ashley14 4 years ago

Why? How did they sell that one?


justthefactsplease 4 years ago

The bigger irony here is that you will get more time in jail for having a bullet proof vest than for having a gun. Go figure that.


B_I_D___ 4 years ago

I'm no fan of unions, not going to deny the fact...but I hope this crime was not as a retaliation of sorts directed at the fact Pinder is the head of a Union. That's taking things just a bit too far...but, that's how we Bahamians roll...we don't like talk and rational conversation...we prefer violence to sort out our differences...


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