Moving forward: Reverend Nick Dill joins students at Victor Scott Primary School. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Moving forward: Reverend Nick Dill joins students at Victor Scott Primary School. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
WEDNESDAY, APR. 20: Victor Scott Field will host a series of Easter events this weekend one year after a father was gunned down in front of his children.

Kimwandae Walker was shot dead on the field by a gunman as families enjoyed their Good Friday festivities.

The murder sent shockwaves throughout the community.

Unified

But now churches from across Pembroke have banded together to organize the One Community Unified event to help residents “move forward”.

Reverend Nick Dill urged people to turn out and conquer their fear.

Rev. Dill told the Bermuda Sun: “I hope people don’t stay away because of what happened last year. We thought it was very important to hold the event here again, and the school principal was keen too.

“The school is in a very strategic spot in the middle of Pembroke and many children from all sides of town attend.

“The Bermuda Police Service is also involved in this project and there will be a palpable presence during the Easter events.

“I hope people will rise above the trouble we have seen.

“We have to move forward together and send out a strong message that the community is alive.

“Obviously there is still fear but to conquer that we need to move on.

“The more we do this, the more we can build relationships and establish trust. We are in this together.”

Healing

A children’s service will be held on the school field on Friday.

There will also be a re-enactment of the Good Friday story and prayers in memory of Mr. Walker.

On Saturday the festivities will begin with two groups of residents walking to the field from St. Monica’s Mission and Curving Avenue.

Charities and youth groups are to set up stalls and there will be a children’s bouncy castle.

A series of traditional Easter activities will also be held.

Valerie Williams, principal of Victor Scott Primary School, told the Bermuda Sun: “I feel it is important that we hold the event here in light of what did take place last year.

“I hope it helps people feel safer and brings back a sense of normality to the Easter celebrations.

“It’s an important part of the healing process.”

A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said last night: “The investigation into the murder of Kimwandae Walker is ongoing.

“Over the Easter weekend police will be out on patrol throughout the island to help ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.”