‘Humble, Respectful and Kindhearted’: Retired Teacher Mourns Man Killed by BB Gun
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A former teacher of a man who was killed in an alleged accidental shooting over the weekend expressed fond memories of the victim.
Cleveland Ramsey who served as a principal and teacher in the Ministry of Education said Lavardo Fernander “was one of them in whom I was well pleased.”
“During my 19 years in education and 13 of my last years as principal, I have been afforded the opportunity to teach and help mold many outstanding men who are now making their contributions in their own unique ways in the Bahamas. Lavardo Ferguson was one of them.”
Ferguson, 37 was killed while enjoying a day with friends shooting canisters. A coworker’s BB-gun reportedly discharged while he was clearing the weapon and Ferguson was struck to his upper body and died on the scene.
“He was a hardworking young man who was destined for greatness,” Ramsey said of the married father of five children.
Another teacher Denise Hope said Ferguson was a “very respectful young man.”
Ferguson was expected to move to Eleuthera to begin a new job before the tragedy struck and cousin Valentino Williams remains shocked at his death since the two were just planning their birthdays in the Berry Island where they grew up and schooled.
After schooling, Ferguson worked as a boat captain, carpenter and cook.
Police said they are investigating the circumstances of his death and are questioning the 27-year-old coworker in regard to the alleged accident. But Ferguson’s mother Michelle Aranha told the Nassau Guardian that someone should be held accountable.
“They are saying it is an accident, but how can an accident cost me a child that I had for 37 years, leaving behind five children?… What is an accident going to do for them to be taken care of?
“But you can’t accidentally kill my son and just expect nothing to come out of it. That’s not fair to nobody.”
Deaths by BB guns are unusual in the Bahamas but Ferguson’s death proved fatal even though the rifle does not have the power of an automatic weapon.