Young barber is island’s latest homicide

KENNEDY DRIVE HOMICIDE – Police are investigating the island’s latest homicide that claimed the life of a young barber, Johannes Duncombe (inset), on Thursday evening. (PHOTO: JENNEVE RUSSELL)

A young popular barber became the island’s latest homicide victim Thursday (May 25) night, after he was gunned down inside his vehicle.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clarence Reckley, police received a call alerting them of the incident sometime around 10:50 p.m.

Reckley noted that police were called to an area at the rear of East Sunrise Plaza, Kennedy Drive, where they met the body of a male in a small red vehicle with gunshot wounds to the head.

“Sometime around 10:50 p.m. we received a call from a concerned citizen who reported that there was a vehicle parked in the middle of the road with lights on and the loan driver appeared to be hurt,” he said.

Reckley added that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were called to the scene and reported no signs of life.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim; however, the team from this daily learned from his co-workers, aunt and other family members that the victim was Johannes Duncombe, also known as “Ace.”

Duncombe worked as a barber at Cutting Stylez Barbershop.

According to this daily’s records, this is Grand Bahama’s sixth murder for the year 2017.

The first two occurred on Wednesday (February 1) in the Logwood Road area when Joseph Bain and Stephon LaFrance were fatally shot.

The third happened on Tuesday (February 14) in Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock with the stabbing death of Margaret Smith.

The fourth murder was the shooting death of Jessica Thompson-George on Saturday (April 1) on Oak Street.

The fifth murder occurred on Sunday (April 23) on Amberjack Street when Khalid Fox Jr. was shot to death.

Police are actively investigating this matter and are appealing to the general public for anyone with any information that can assist them in their investigation, to contact the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama at telephone number 350-3107 thru 12, 911/919 or call your nearest police station.

In another unrelated matter, police in Grand Bahama are also investigating a stabbing incident, which occurred on Thursday (May 25) that has left a male hospitalized.

Reports are that shortly after 10:00 a.m., a male was reportedly involved in an altercation with another male in the Fawcett Lane area, when he was stabbed to the body.

He was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital via private vehicle, seen by doctors and is listed in serious condition.

A 20-year-old male from Oates Lane was arrested in connection with this matter.

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