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Senseless murder leaves a widow picking up the pieces

Jordan Outerbridge (File photograph)

Jordan Outerbridge was 37, a telecommunications engineer who had recently become the devoted father of a baby daughter when a gunman shattered his family’s world.

For Krishunna Outerbridge, left behind as his widow, the often-used expression that her husband happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on the night of April 6, 2021 has never made sense.

“He was where he was supposed to be, and that was our neighbourhood,” Mrs Outerbridge told The Royal Gazette.

“We’re both from the Warwick Ord Road area. That’s where we were both raised.

“And it wasn’t the wrong time. He was leaving to come home because there was a curfew.”

Bermuda was still in the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the couple had spent that Tuesday working from home.

After knocking off at 5pm, they bathed their 18-month-old daughter. Mr Outerbridge played a game of checkers with his best friend.

His wife took her ten-year-old daughter, Mr Outerbridge’s stepdaughter, out for a walk.

Mr Outerbridge also loved poker — so much that the family would travel to play it.

The couple had been in a relationship since 2015, marrying in September 2019, and the game had become a fixture in their lives.

That night, Mr Outerbridge texted his wife saying he was playing poker at a friend’s house and adding: “Back soon.”

An 11pm curfew was in effect because of Covid-19.

In the house at Tribe Road No 2, by the Railway Trail, the group decided to call it a night shortly before 10.30pm. Mr Outerbridge was the first out the door.

Outside, in what was soon revealed to be a case of mistaken identity, he was shot several times in the chest by a gunman who jumped on the back of a waiting motorcycle and fled west on Ord Road.

Back home, his wife was on the phone with her best friend when a call came through: “Jordan’s been shot.”

Mrs Outerbridge remembers looking at her phone, perplexed, to see if the caller had the right person.

“I said, ‘Are you sure?’ Because my husband is a regular career man, a family man, not into that stuff.”

Her phone continued ringing.

For Mrs Outerbridge, everything after that became a blur.

“I rushed to the hospital. I called my sister to look after the kids. I was so frantic, my brother-in-law had to take me to the hospital.”

She arrived at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital before her husband was brought there. Mr Outerbridge’s father and brother came asking what was going on.

“That’s when the doctor came in and pronounced him deceased.”

Lost for words, Mrs Outerbridge added: “It was very unexpected.”

Police have ruled the attack gang-motivated — but Mr Outerbridge, who worked for Link Bermuda, had no connections whatsoever to the island’s criminal underworld.

Detectives have said the likely intended target of that night’s attack was not even present at the poker game.

In the morning, it was left to Mrs Outerbridge to tell her eldest daughter that the man who had taught her to ride a bike, helped her with homework and enjoyed cooking dinners for the family had been murdered.

“There was no holding back. She woke up and I explained what had happened. She bawled hysterically. They were extremely close. She had met him when she was about 5.”

Mr Outerbridge, a Canadian-Bermudian who moved to the island from Toronto as a child, had been delighted to become a father.

In the early days after the shooting, his infant daughter was “always looking for him in the places where he would be”, Mrs Outerbridge said. “Checking in the car or looking to see if he was out on the porch.”

She added: “After a while, that stopped.”

Eventually, Mrs Outerbridge took a loving voice note of her husband saying good night, and had it placed in a toy bear.

His daughter, who turns 4 in October, loves to replay it.

“She recognises that voice,” Mrs Outerbridge said.

She said her eldest remains “really troubled by it to this day”.

Mrs Outerbridge, who had not dealt with grief until the loss of her husband, found support from others who had experienced the toll of Bermuda’s cycle of murders.

“I have heard from a few people, mostly moms whose sons have been murdered the same way. That’s been a big support.

“The group Moms Bermuda has been really awesome and supportive — it’s basically mothers that have come together.”

She added: “Going through grief, I realised the second year is much harder. The first year, you’re still just trying to collect your thoughts.

“The second year, it really hits that this person is not here.”

The anniversary of her husband’s murder is also painfully close to Good Friday and Easter, which was “always my favourite holiday”.

However, she added: “I do want to state that, since this loss, I have come a long way.”

She knows, as do police, that there are people in the community with details about the two men who waited outside the house, murdered her husband and fled.

“I feel like they have mixed emotions. Someone wants to say it, but they also know what the ramifications could be. I get it to an extent.”

She feels the method of giving testimony could be changed in some way to make it easier to give evidence.

“Of course someone knows something. I am an understanding person. I won’t say I’ve accepted it; I have not. But I understand there are sides to it.”

She added: “I would hope for someone to just say something.”

Mrs Outerbridge said she also felt many in the community were “judgmental” of those lost to murder, and guns in particular.

“They feel that anybody murdered had to be part of something. With my husband, that’s totally not the case.

“But it’s hard to change the mindset. It’s been happening ever since 2003.

“At the end of the day, we can’t get the community to do anything they don’t want to do. But what’s right? If you know something, please, say something.”

She said her husband had deeply wished to become a parent.

“He really wanted to be a dad. He wasn’t a parent yet, and I was. Having this baby was something he wanted so much.

“What I often think about, and it’s so messed up, is how we planned this baby, and now it’s just me and this baby.

“This is his only child. Now I am raising this man’s only child.”

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Published August 14, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated August 14, 2023 at 8:02 am)

Senseless murder leaves a widow picking up the pieces

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