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Flatts business owner: ‘We have to believe that things will get better’

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Michael Lightbourne, owner and manager of Brightside Guest Apartments, stands by the remnants of the wall that was damaged in a single vehicle crash on the property on Monday (Photograph supplied)

The owner of Brightside Guest Apartments has called on the community to unite and remain optimistic that things will get better in Bermuda.

Michael Lightbourne was speaking after a fatal shooting occurred near his Flatts property on Friday and a minibus overturned after hitting his wall on Monday.

Mr Lightbourne said: “The stunning events of the past few days in Flatts Village with the recent fatal shooting and now the vehicle crash are obviously not what the residents and entrepreneurs of Flatts Village want our area to be known for. Of course, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families involved.

“Instead though, Flatts should be known for its peaceful and historic serenity. It should be known for business innovation and optimism, and we encourage everyone to continue to have hope that things will continue to get better, island wide in this pandemic economy, particularly if we can remain open-minded to welcoming new ways to come together and celebrate who we are.”

Flatts Village (File photograph)

Mr Lightbourne added: “We have to believe that things will get better.

“This, too, shall pass, especially if we always look to improve the way things are and embrace all efforts at progress by daring to embark on new ideas that can help revitalise Flatts Village specifically and tourist-related industries throughout the Island generally."

The shooting that occurred near Mr Lightbourne’s property left a teenager dead and another young man in hospital.

Police said that Letrae Doeman, 19, was found in the car park of the apartment complex and died a short time later.

A 20-year-old man was still in hospital on Saturday, where he was said to be in a stable condition. Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Police are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call the main police number 295-0011, the non-emergency number 211 or to call Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith on 717-0864.

Information can be provided anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 800-8477.

The minibus incident occurred after its driver lost control of the vehicle. Damage was done to the wall which is the property of Brightside.

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Published July 06, 2022 at 7:58 am (Updated July 06, 2022 at 7:58 am)

Flatts business owner: ‘We have to believe that things will get better’

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