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Jahmiko LeShore was gunned down by “evil thugs” who waited for him outside his pregnant girlfriend's residence, his aunt claimed yesterday.

The 26-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds on Tuesday night three men were later taken into police custody in connection with the incident.

Mr LeShore and his girlfriend were due to become parents near the end of this month.

Speaking at the family's house at Devon Spring Lane in Devonshire, J Bron LeShore said her nephew left home shortly after 8 on Tuesday, saying he was going to check on his girlfriend at nearby Boundary Crescent.

Mr LeShore lived with his mother Damita, older brother Jahkeo, and younger brother Kenji.

Ms LeShore said: “My sister didn't even get to say goodbye to her son. [Jahmiko] jumped on his bike and drove round to his girlfriend's house.

“He shouted to her, she shouted back, and then as he parked his bike, they were waiting and they started shooting. It happened at the front door.

“He collapsed on the stairs outside. He was able to speak to her, and those were his last words to her.”

Of the killers, Ms LeShore said: “They don't think, they don't have a conscience. They knew he would be coming. They laid in wait for him and they shot him. They're evil, just thugs.”

Mr LeShore's girlfriend has not been named by the family. The couple, whom Ms LeShore said had been dating since Mr LeShore was 14, were eagerly looking forward to the birth of their child.

The family had celebrated with a baby shower two weeks ago.

“Jahmiko would have turned 27 on the 26th of this month. He was hoping the baby would be born on the same day,” Ms LeShore said.

His mother Damita, was yesterday said to be “inconsolable”. She celebrated her 46th birthday the day before her son was murdered.

Ms LeShore said her sister moved from Gospel Lane in Pembroke to a new home in Devonshire about 12 years ago, but Jahmiko had continued to associate with friends from the old neighbourhood.

She said: “Sometimes people are quick to judge, but [he] was not a gang member.

“Those boys Kumi Harford and Jakai Harford, all of them [who live in that neighbourhood], my mother [Gloria LeShore] was a mentor to kids like them.

“She was a figure to a lot of the kids in the neighbourhood, and people like Perry Puckerin, Shakai Minors, his brother Shane. They're just neighbourhood kids.”

Kumi Harford was shot and killed in September 2009; Shakai Minors was shot and injured along with his girlfriend Renee Kuchler in November 2009; Shane Minors was shot dead in December 2009; Jakai Harford has been shot on two occasions, in 2007 and 2010; Perry Puckerin was shot dead in January 2010.

Ms LeShore said: “After Kumi's shooting, I organised a march through Hamilton.

“I didn't get a lot of people showing up for it, but I wanted to show how I felt about what was happening.”

The December 9, 2009 rally, described as a “peace march”, drew only a dozen people.

She said the gun violence of recent years was an expression of “social issues that have been swept under the rug for too long”.

And she added: “The lack of fathers raising their sons on this Island is disgusting.”

She said: “All of the young mean dead of gun violence in that area were not gang members, they were friends who had been targeted by another group of thugs ... Miko and his friends did not go looking for trouble, it came to them.”

Her nephew wasn't a suspect in any of the Island's shootings, she said.

“He was not one to go around and threaten members of other, more vicious groups, he was a young man caught up in a system which has left thousands of young black men on this Island disillusioned.”

Police have described the premeditated murder of Mr LeShore as gang-related.

His aunt said: “If growing up in the Pond Hill area makes one a gang associate, then I too am one as I resided there as a child, and know the mothers of most of the murdered young men from that area.”

She said the family had hoped Jahmiko would move his family overseas after the birth of his child.

“We all wanted him to move to the US, where his grandparents along with his maternal family reside.”

Grandfather Milton LeShore lives in Chicago, along with an aunt Tonita LeShore. Both are expected to arrive in Bermuda later this week.

Police continue to hold at least three suspects in connection with Mr LeShore's murder.

Asked if the latest shooting was thought to be connected with the February 4 gun murder of Colford Ferguson, a Police spokesman said yesterday that there was no known link.

“The investigation into the murder of Mr Ferguson remains active and detectives continue to progress the evidence in that case. Forensic evidence has been sent overseas and various lines of enquiry remain open.”

Great loss: J Bron LeShore reflects on the murder of her nephew Jamiko LeShore who was gunned down and killed Tuesday evening.
Damita LeShore (left) with her sister Tonita and son Jahmiko LeShore. Jahmiko was gunned down on Tuesday evening in front of his pregnant girlfriend.

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Published March 04, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated March 04, 2011 at 9:05 am)

Gunmen: ‘They don’t have a conscience’

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