Latore Mackey, the press secretary to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, was shot in the neck and killed early Monday morning.
Mr. Mackey’s death was the fifth in less than 36 hours according to the Tribune newspaper in Nassau.
Violent crime in out of control in Nassau.
Young gun-totting men are on the rampage. The Tribune reports that four men, 18, 20, 22 and 24 years old, were arrested for the murder.
In March, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau last issued a crime warning, advising U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to the Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on "heightened alert" to avoid being a victim of crime. The warning referred to a number of armed robberies which occurred in the last two weeks.
That was the third critical crime warning for the Bahamas since December 2013.
The most recent warning stated, in part:
"Armed robbery and violent crime remain major threats facing both U.S. citizens and residents of the Bahamas, including in areas frequented by tourists on New Providence and Grand Bahamas Islands. In the past year, a number of U.S. citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery."
The vast majority of the armed crimes are by local citizens against local citizens in the Bahamas. But these crimes are rarely solved and that’s especially true when the victims are tourists.
I remain of the opinion that the tourism dependent islands are "one gunshot away" from the cruise lines concluding that it too dangerous to unload boatloads of cruise passengers in Nassau. Many cruise passenger tell me that they stay on the ship when the cruise calls on Nassau.
I don’t blame them.
When government employees are gunned down while driving on Market Street, it’s time for the U.S. State Department to issue another warning to tourists traveling to Nassau.
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