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Ideas on the causes and solutions to murders among young Black Bermudian men will be presented during the second half of a lecture series on violent crime.

Murder in Paradise, a Bermuda College lecture series, will return next week for its conclusion, this time presenting a draft document intended to tackle the roots and fixes of violent crime.

Necheeka Trott, the president of the college’s faculty association, will present the working document based on the first part of the lecture series in September as well as work by Ras Mykkal and Camille Creary, who will also present at the next lecture.

Ms Trott said: “There will be two presentations – Ras Mykkal, social commentator and community activist, and Camille Creary, a passionate social worker and advocate for those entangled in systemic social injustice.

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“They will each bring their expertise and unique personal perspective to the topic, having worked among this particular demographic on a day-to-day basis.”

She added: “We thought it important to bring as wide a perspective on this issue as possible to ensure this is not just an academic exercise, but one that is community-based and community-focused.”

The first half of the series, which took place in September, featured Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, Ty-Ron Douglas, a well respected author and motivational speaker, Quinton Sherlock, a psychologist and Bermuda College lecturer, and Kudre Hill, whose younger brother, Kellon, was killed.

Kellon Hill was killed in a fight as he left a party at Elbow Beach in August 2008, only a few days before he was set to go to college in Alabama.

Kellan Lewis was later convicted of manslaughter in connection to the death of the 18-year-old and sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Mr Hill told the audience at the last seminar: “I couldn’t even hold certain jobs in Bermuda. I couldn’t go to certain areas in Bermuda. I couldn’t go check a girl, take her for a date. I couldn’t participate in Harbour Nights, football games at National Stadium.

“All those were a no-go for me and if I chose to step out of bounds then I had to be ready for whatever came with it, and I lived that life.”

The first half of Murder in Paradise was live-streamed to inmates at the Westgate Correctional Facility.

It highlighted that education and a sense of identity in young people as ways to mitigate homicide and violence.

The second half of Murder in Paradise lecture will be held in person on November 29 at 6pm at the Bermuda College in the North Hall Lecture Theatre.

It will also be live-streamed on the college’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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Published November 24, 2022 at 7:43 am (Updated November 24, 2022 at 11:13 am)

Lecture series to present ideas to stop murders of young Black men

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