Bahamian police say they are treating the death of the son of the Minister of the Environment and Housing, Romauld Ferreira, as a suicide.
The body of the teenage son was found on the floor of his bedroom on Thursday and an emotional Ferreira cried as he watched police and EMS personnel move the body of his son, who is believed to be between 13 and 18 years–old.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Audley Peters, told reporters that the police had received reports of a body being found unresponsive at the Ferreira residence.
“The officers responded. When they arrived, they were directed to a room where they found the body of a juvenile male lying on the ground unresponsive. EMS was called in and performed CPR, however, they were not successful in resuscitating the juvenile. The coroner visited the scene and the investigations into this matter continue,” he added.
Peters said that based on the investigator’s analysis, there were no visible signs of injury on the body.
“It certainly has been a very overwhelming couple of months and we encourage persons who may be feeling pressured to take a second look,” he said, adding “take a second step back and consider their options. Whether it be financial pressure, emotional pressure, pressure from relatives, there is always someone they can find to talk to”.
He said that “if that option is not available to them, they can also do things like walk on the beach, self-talk or practice the art of moment meditation where they use candle lights and quiet their minds down to assist them to deal with the day’s events and not to project themselves or their lives too far into the future…”
Chairman of the ruling Free National Movement (FNM), Carl Culmer expressed condolences on behalf of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and other members of the party and government.