‘There are no words to take away my pain. I just cry’ - murder victim’s mother
The grieving mother of a man murdered in a brutal attack has spoken out against the violence in Bermuda saying “enough is enough”.
Chantelle Wilson Brangman was speaking after her son Quan-Marley Lowe, 33, was attacked by several assailants in the area of Scotts Hill Road and Cricket Lane, a week ago.
Police launched a murder inquiry after the father of two died from his injuries over the weekend.
Ms Brangman told The Royal Gazette: “Enough is enough. If you know something you should say something. The pain I am feeling is going to be there forever. There is nothing that anybody can say to make me feel better, nothing.”
Mr Lowe’s uncle, Troy Lowe, added: “Young men need to come together and stop the scourge. It is ridiculous. I am begging these young guys to stop it, we are on a small island and you can’t even go to the next neighbourhood.
“Something has to stop, something has to happen. These guys have got to come to reality. They have put a lot people in pain.”
Ms Brangman described her son as “a family man” who would look after children in the extended family and would ensure he took his grandmother to lunch every day.
He was father to a daughter Quannae Lowe, 14, and a son Rhyda Lowe, 4.
“He was mischievous – he always had a smile and a laugh,” Ms Brangman said. “He was definitely a family man. He spent a lot of time with his son, he lived with him and he raised him.
“He agreed he would look after me when I got older. That meant a lot because I knew he would take care of me without fail. I was counting on him to make sure I was okay.
“I saw how he took care of his grandma and how he takes care of his children and takes care of his nieces and nephews – I knew I was in good hands. I just really want my son. There are no words to take away my pain. I just cry.”
Troy Lowe said of his nephew: “Ever since he was very young he liked the outdoors. He was an adventurous boy. Boys do get caught up, that is life, but he was a very loving and respectful boy.”
Mr Lowe also had a great love for animals and had just started a fish tank maintenance business.
Police held a press conference about the attack on Saturday, on what would have been Mr Lowe’s 34th birthday,
They said on the night of the attack, a friend of Mr Lowe came to his aid and drove him to his home on East Dale Lane before calling the emergency services.
Mr Lowe was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he was placed in intensive care, but succumbed to his injuries over the weekend. Police would not confirm the time of his death.
Detective Sergeant Jason Smith of the Bermuda Police Service said the investigation was “very active”.
Appealing for witnesses to come forward, he said: “Regrettably we wish to inform the public that we are now dealing with a murder investigation.”
He added: “It centres around a group of men who assaulted him at a location in Somerset – the junction of Cricket lane and Scotts Hill Road.
“Previously we reported that we were wanting to speak to persons who might have been in the area between 1.30am and 2am.
“Subsequent police investigations have pushed the time a bit further and actually we would like to speak to persons who were in the area between 1.30am and 3am.
“Additionally we are aware that Mr Lowe was transported in a private vehicle to his residence in the neighbourhood and we are interested in anyone who knows the identity of the persons who transported him to also make contact with us.
“Today would have been Mr Lowe’s 34th birthday and unfortunately he’s not here to see it.
“His family is grieving, the community is grieving, and this appeal today is for your assistance in helping us find those responsible so that we can bring them to justice and bring closure to the family of Quan-Marley Lowe.”