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Sep 13, 2016

Aunt of Deandre Nembhard Mourns Third Family Member Lost to Violence

Deandre Nembhard

Seventeen year old Deandre Nembhard was shot and kill on Saturday morning as he socialized on Croton Lane in the Saint Martin De Porres area. The minor was en route to his house on Nutmeg Street, just around the corner, when he decided to stop in with some friends who were having a get together. A vehicle reportedly drove up before a gunman exited and opened fire at the group; five shots would make its mark on Deandre, who was rushed to the K.H.M.H. for urgent medical treatment, but died within hours. It’s a heart-wrenching experience for the family, particularly because this is the third relative to have been killed in the city. His aunt, Anita Nembhard, told News Five today that she has lost an older brother and now two nephews as a result of urban crime.


Anita Nembhard, Aunt of Murder Victim

“Did know it was my nephew because his mom was so distraught that she didn’t call us. She said she gave my niece the number to call everybody, but she was so lost. And I didn’t hear until yesterday morning, it was confirmed when I called my sister.”


Duane Moody

“You were telling me earlier that this is the second nephew of yours that was killed.”


Anita Nembhard

Anita Nembhard

“This is the third relative; I had a brother that was killed on June second 2009. That was Dennis Nembhard, aka Decus or Callad; he was shot and killed back ah Martin’s as well, similar area. And then when I was nineteen, my oldest brother, who lives in New York; his son at the age of thirteen was also shot and killed. And now another nephew was shot and killed.”


Duane Moody

“From all accounts, police are saying that Deandre didn’t have a record; he didn’t even have run-ins with the law. Was it possibly just mistaken identity or he was at the wrong place at the wrong time?”


Anita Nembhard

“It could be a lot of things as the reason. I know my nephew was very jovial. He was a very nice…I remember the last time they came to my house, it was panades day and he was so happy and I told him, it’s nice to see them come to my house because my brother and I, we live so far apart. I live in Ladyville, they in the city. I hear of them all the time and I say let’s get together man because we don’t see each other good and so much. And they came and it was such a wonderful time. They remember the panades, they eat and I was so happy to see them, I spoke to them beucase in Belize City is a place that it is most difficult to raise kids. So I used to talk to my brother if he could come out of the neighborhood. I know the incident in 2009; Deandre was somewhat one of the little boys who had a misunderstanding with another little boy, but because they wanted to fight it out, fist fight, the other little boy didn’t want to fist fight. When he lost, he went and called his uncle and that is how my brother was killed. But Deandre wasn’t a bad person. But kids can’t even fist fight no more without violence coming into the middle of everything. And now I’ve lost three persons to violence. You can’t stop ask for them to put down the guns and to stop killing each other so senseless.”

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