The tragic death of young Candy Major is just the latest in a year marred with violence and death in The Bahamas. She is also the latest in a troubling trend of females being murdered. In fact the female murder rate is up 60% in 2011 vs. 2010.
I don’t know the details surrounding her death but what I do know saddens and troubles me;
- Apparently this young lady was a rape victim earlier this year.
- The police charged a man called Andrew ‘mugs’ Wallace with her rape on September 2nd.
- He was granted $6,000.00 bail and the case adjourned to November 21st.
- While on bail he was involved in the shooting death of a man on September 15th.
- Unfortunately since that time police have been unable to find him.
Unfortunate for Ms. Major.
The Picture (Shes in the gray old navy sweater) above was taken on Wednesday at Revival 2011 held by The Hope Center Outreach Ministries. On Friday Morning The Police found her dead body. She was raped and tortured before being murdered.
I don’t know where she was before she murdered or why she had not been home for two days and not reported missing. But I’m willing to bet good money that the man who raped her, who she was soon to testify against, is the one who killed her.
Unfortunately whenever young girls go missing, are raped, or end up murdered in this country, somehow we end up blaming the victim and their family. Why is that Bahamas?
I listened to the Bodie Show on a daily basis and I was shocked when a popular talk show host would say on public radio that if the girl returned to have sex with the Bishop over the course of several months how could he be guilty of anything, after all he didn’t force her. But I don’t want to talk about Bishop Randy Fraser’s Case.
I just used that to illustrate the way we treat victims in this society. And if you don’t see whats wrong with Mr. Orthland H. Bodie Jr. comment then you need to check yourself.
Anyway back to the topic.
Whenever a woman is murdered there is always questions about their character and attacks on the family, we saw the same thing in the Marco Archer case.
Instead of attacking the victim’s family or questioning the victim’s character we should focus our questions on the right persons.
Who Should we question?
Our Judicial System for allowing a violent criminal on the streets – I know everyone has rights and are entitled to bail, but perhaps we need to look more closely at their backgrounds and criminal history.
Our Police officers – for not having the sense to think that if they’re looking for this young man for murder and there’s a young lady that is about to testify against him in a rape case that she might be in danger.
Our Elected Officials – Who cancelled the witness protection program or who have not provided adequate funding to provide police protection for witnesses.
While the victims and families might have made some bad choices in some cases, there are too many other people who deserve blame first. But I guess we just like picking on the easy targets….
Further discussion: I’m very puzzled by the number of young ladies that have gone missing this year, only to be “found” later. Are these teenagers being “found” with grown men? and if so, what is being done with these men?
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