Victim survived Chicago Crime but died in Bahamas! Kyle Bruner is country’s 41st murdered victim – Police have arrested suspects but Bahamians don’t believe in police brutality…sad!
US lable crime situation on New Providence as “CRITICAL” – Cash for Gold Shops making the streets deadly in the Bahamas
- Kyle Bruner of Chicago was working as a first mate on a private ship docked in Nassau when he was shot in the neck and killed Sunday
By Joshua Gardner/ www.dailymail.co.uk
An American man was murdered in the Bahamas over the weekend while attempting to help a woman who was being mugged.
Kyle Bruner was in Nassau, Bahamas pursuing his dream of working on tall ships, a type of sailboat.
Bruner was a private sailor serving aboard a tall ship that was docked in the island port when he reportedly witnessed a woman being mugged and tried to stop the men as they attempted to snatch her jewelry.
The family originally came from Indiana, where Bruner attended high school and college, before resettling in the Northwest side of Chicago.
Bruner also served in Indiana’s Army National Guard.
Though shocked and grieving, his family members weren’t surprised that valiant efforts preceded Kyle’s death.
‘It was very much in his character,’ Kyle’s father Rick Bruner told WGN. ‘He never liked bullies, and he never stood for people around him being bullied. So, this what he would do. In retrospect, you say maybe he should have avoided the situation but that’s not really who he was or the person that we loved.’
Bruner had been slated to leave the island in a week.
Investigators in the Caribbean nation capital have thus far apprehended one suspect in the slaying, but say two more remain on the loose.
The U.S. Department of State characterizes the crime level on New Providence Island, where Nassau is located, as critical.
Snatch-and-grab’ crimes are common occurrences in Nassau and are on the rise along with violent crimes in the country.
The Royal Bahamian Police Force reported a 35 percent increase in murders between 2010 and 2011.
Crimes are less common in areas dense with tourists, but the State Department says it ‘has received reports of assaults, including sexual assaults, in diverse areas such as in casinos, outside hotels, or on cruise ships.’