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Husband Killed After Gunmen Forced Couple To Stop Car

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

CHIEF Superintendent Clayton Fernander, officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, warned drivers yesterday to be “extra cautious” after armed men forced a couple to stop their vehicle in the middle of the road before shooting and killing the driver.

Chief Supt Fernander said police believe armed robbery may be the motive for the killing. He said the incident could have “happened to anyone”.

The murder took place shorty after 9pm on Tuesday in the area of Millennium Gardens, off Tonique Williams Darling Highway, and brought the country’s murder count to 109 for the year, according to The Tribune’s records.

Chief Supt Fernander said the victim, identified by police as Kendrick Simms, was driving with his wife, when another car pulled ahead of them forcing them to stop.

“The man was driving through Millennium

Gardens in his Kia (vehicle) with his wife, when a male in a Nissan vehicle forced him to a stop. A man came out of the car with a handgun and pointed it toward the couple,” Chief Supt Fernander said.

“The husband tried to move around the vehicle and the suspect but was shot several times. The victim crashed into a nearby fence and died on the scene. The wife was unharmed during the incident.”

Simms’ wife, Tamara, yesterday posted on social media the day of her husband’s murder was the worst day of her life.

“Last night (Tuesday) was the worst day of my life,” she posted. “Someone came and took you away from me. Someone please wake me up and tell me it’s all a dream. Babes please come back. I miss you so much. Jesus please help me.”

Chief Supt Fernander said police believe the incident was isolated, but warned motorists to be careful while driving home at night.

“Attempted robbery is a lead we are following,” Chief Supt Fernander said. “This was an isolated incident but it could have happened to anyone who was driving on that road at the time. Please be aware of your surroundings, you have to be careful when driving.

“If you do not know who the person is, do not stop if you can help it. There is not a trend of people being forced off the road, but we want drivers to be vigilant. This murder really touched home because it could have been anyone.”

Meanwhile police are still on the hunt for the person or persons responsible for killing a man and injuring four other persons, including three women, on Boxing Day.

The incident took place shortly after 3am on December 26.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said the victims were travelling in a vehicle on Tonique Williams Darling Highway when they were attacked by several men.

“Around 3am, police received reports that three females and two males were on the highway, when the occupants of a white vehicle pulled up on the side of them and fired several shots into the car before speeding off,” ACP Dean said. “All five of the victims were shot and rushed to hospital where one of the males died of his injuries. The other four victims are listed in serious condition.”

ACP Dean said police currently have no one in custody for the homicide.

This year the country may still record its lowest murder total since 2010, when 94 people were killed. In 2011, 127 people were killed, 111 in 2012, 119 in 2013, 122 in 2014 and 146 in 2015.

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

Investigations into these matters continue.

Comments

PastorTroy 4 years, 3 months ago

Dear Tribune, What is your motive? Coincidentally, you seem to have a fixation for murder stories in The Bahamas, I hope it's driven by good journalism and not something else that seem to be so obvious. This could of happen to ANYONE, just in case you have the illusions of keyboard protection, that's including you!

P.S. No I am not the killer or a relative, just a Bahamian/American daily online reader.

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goodbyebahamas 4 years, 3 months ago

What is your motive......why don't you stay the hell out of the media's business pastor. The more they put these murders on the news the more the people will want the corrupt government to do something about it. What do you want to see in the news pastor, horsey and butterflies, get F-ing real pastor! How many pedophile pastors practice what they preach, using God's name so they don't have to pay taxes like the rest of us! I can only imagine what God's punishment will be for those who use God's name to rape children.

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PastorTroy 4 years, 3 months ago

Obviously, you may have never read any of my previous comment on this website, because the same things you accuse me of, is the same I boldly speak out against unapologetically. Personally, I don't give a 'hoot' about PLP or FNM, all those crooks and Dinosaurs need to die out or claim their rooms in Fox hill. I wish you peace.

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goodbyebahamas 4 years, 3 months ago

Then as a man of honor I give you my apology pastor Troy, and will ask God for his forgiveness since you are just a man. But pastor you need to realize the only way the people can get things done is if their reminded of it everyday, otherwise nothing ever gets done. The Triune newspaper is a depended media source, unlike the Bahamas Press, or Bahamas Uncensored which are obviously PLP ran news sites that only glorifies the corrupt PLP. I wish you and your church members a Happy New Year Pastor.....Aloha

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Greentea 4 years, 3 months ago

Sounds strange to me. If it was robbery why them? Just pulling over a random car in such dramatic fashion? Most people broke after Christmas and smart people don't carry much cash around if they can help it. And the wife takes to social media immediately after? Wow. If I experienced something like this, the last thing I would be thinking about is social media. Just saying, kinda strange to me.

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Gotoutintime 4 years, 3 months ago

Nassau is the Murder Capital of the World!!

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