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McCartneys offer $50,000 for info on murder

  • Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney (right) alongside his mother, Marina, on Monday, October 28, 2013, offered a reward of $50,000 for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction in connection with the murder of his brother Kurt McCartney. AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 29, 2013

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The family of murdered businessman Kurt McCartney is offering a $50,000 reward for credible information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of his killer or killers.

Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney, Kurt’s brother, who was visibly shaken and struggled to hold back tears, said the family is convinced someone knows who is responsible for the murder and is willing to pay for that information.

McCartney said he hopes the reward will assist police in concluding their investigation.

“This was done after discussing the situation with police,” said McCartney, who made the announcement at his law firm Halsbury Chambers on Village Road.

“This wasn’t done on our own accord. We wanted to take the directions from the police so they are aware of the reward.

“We know that they are doing a very fine job this far in this investigation, and again we thank them for that.

“But we feel that someone knows and we will pay for that information, $50,000.”

Kurt McCartney, a pharmacist and businessman, was shot and killed in Gambier Village on Thursday night.

Police said on Sunday they had eight people in custody — six women and two men — for questioning.

But none was considered a prime suspect in the murder.

Relatives, including Branville McCartney’s wife, Lisa; parents, Marina and William McCartney; sisters, Yvette McCartney-Meredith and Cyd McCartney-Saunders, and her husband Johnny Saunders, surrounded McCartney.

He tearfully expressed that Kurt’s death has been a challenge for them to process.

“It is very rough and totally unexpected,” he said.

“We are thinking about the good times, so even though we are mourning we have had occasions to laugh because of the type of person Kurt was.

“And of course [that is] what he would have wanted done. It’s a very unfortunate situation.”

Noting how close he and his brother were, McCartney said he spoke with Kurt several times on the day of his murder.

He said the family was making final preparations yesterday to bury his brother on Saturday.

“My brother and I, we were very close,” McCartney said.

“He was my best friend, partner and confidant. I spoke to him about four or five times that day prior to his death.”

Their last conversation took place just around 3:30 p.m., just hours before Kurt was murdered, McCartney revealed.

Superintendent Melvin Lundy, acting officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit, indicated that no additional arrests had been made in connection with the murder.

However, the eight people of interest in the case were still in custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS or 300-8476 for residents on the Family Island.

Meanwhile, the Bahamas Pharmacy Council extended condolences on the “untimely death” of a fellow colleague and friend, and said it was deeply saddened by the loss.

McCartney, who was the only relative that spoke to the media, said while the loss has taken an emotional toll, the family is thankful for the support it has received.

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