Shortly before six o’clock yesterday evening, the second murder victim was targeted. Reporter Courtney Menzies visited the family home of the victim, 46-year-old Keith Courtenay.
The second person to lose their life to gun violence yesterday was 46-year-old Keith Courtenay. Courtenay was with his grandson inside the long barracks compound at the corner of Ebony and Sarstoon Streets when the gunman targeted him. As shots rang out Courtenay shielded his grandson with his body. According to his brother Edmond Williams he received three shots in the back, he stated that the family is still trying to figure out what happened since Courtenay is not known to cause trouble.
Edmond Williams, Brother: “We’re trying to figure it out still yet because we don’t know really know what went on. I mean according to what I heard he came from work, came through the area to hang out with his grandson and thing but the man just came ran up behind him and started opening fire and to protect his grandson that is where he got all the shots in his back because he’s not into any gangbang or anything at all but you know how it goes if you can’t catch somebody the young boys have beef with anywho they are shooting nowadays, it could be woman, it could be children, mother, father anybody.”
At the family home Courtenay’s relatives mentioned over and over that he does not usually go out except to go to church. They stated that whoever killed him has taken away a good man.
Edmond Williams, Brother: “He was a hard working person and a cool person. He didn’t trouble anybody, he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He had five boys and one girl then he had about three or four grandchildren he had. We just have to pray to God and try to hold up the best we could.”
Courtenay’s brother also recalled another time when gun violence affected their family.
Edmond Williams, Brother: “The same basketball court my brother got killed on last night a year and a half ago exact my cousin got shot on the same basketball court, the two of them were the same age and the two of them were like brothers and where he fell my cousin fell at least five feet away.”
Three of Courtenay’s kids are in their twenties and the other two are still in high school.
Courtenay’s brother stated that they do not believe that his murder is connected to Barrera’s. However, the Commissioner of Police stated otherwise. He told the media today that the murders were retaliatory, and the police department knows who committed them. They believe that a group of young men are behind the crimes and they have several of them in custody. The ComPol hopes to make an arrest by the end of the week.