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DNA leader’s brother murdered

Businessman Kurt McCartney shot dead in Gambier
  • Relatives and friends of Kurt McCartney gathered at McCartney's home after his murder. TORRELL GLINTON

  • Kurt McCartney (right) and his brother DNA Leader Branville McCartney. DNA

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 25, 2013

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Kurt McCartney,  a businessman and the brother of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney, was shot and killed last night in Gambier Village.

Police said they received a call around 8:30 p.m. of gunshots in the area.  When officers arrived on the scene McCartney was found face down with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family and friends came to the area, along with area representative and Leader of the Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis.

Police blocked off the road where McCartney’s body lay.  Assistant Commissioners Anthony Ferguson and Stephen Seymour were among the senior officers at the scene.

Assistant Superintendent B.K. Bonamy said last night police were unsure of the motive for the killing.

McCartney’s white Hummer sports utility vehicle was discovered by police east of Traveller’s Rest restaurant.  Police were searching the vehicle after the murder.

People gathered at McCartney’s Grove West residence after hearing of his death.

Prime Minister Perry Christie expressed condolences publicly to McCartney’s family as he left the residence.

“This is a perfect example of a young successful Bahamian man whose life is one of success through hard work and achievement, and for whatever reason he has met this untimely death clearly most unexpected,” he said.

“Very tragic in its implications but a profound lesson to those of us who are responsible for public policy, and to all of our countrymen and women who oftentimes tend to believe that it is just those people over there who become perpetrators and victims and never us.  But this now is another reminder that one of us has been killed.”

Andrew Wilson, DNA chairman, was emotional as he arrived at McCartney’s residence.  He said he knew McCartney for many years before he became chairman of the DNA and he was a brother and a friend to many.

“I am shocked, saddened and in a state of disorientation,” said Wilson, who too gave condolences to his party’s leader and the McCartney family.

Former journalist Jerome Sawyer addressed the media on behalf of the McCartneys.

“As you can well imagine, this is a very trying time for the family and certainly they are very thankful for the show of support this evening from those who are gathered here and the many calls and expressions of concern from the Bahamian public,” he said outside the residence.

“But the family at this time would prefer not to make an official statement, simply to say thank you for your time and certainly a statement will be forthcoming.  As you can well imagine with an incident like this, it is a very, very difficult time and certainly speaks to a very difficult time in our country.”

McCartney helped run the family’s Wilmac’s chain of pharmacies.  His brother, Branville, was a guest on Darold Miller’s radio show on Guardian Radio’s yesterday and said he and Kurt were planning to take a trip to the Dominican Republic in a few weeks.

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