* Photo by Kageaki Smith. RIP: Tribute sheets have sprung up on Parson’s Road since Kimwandae Walker’s death, inset.
* Photo by Kageaki Smith. RIP: Tribute sheets have sprung up on Parson’s Road since Kimwandae Walker’s death, inset.
Good Friday in Pembroke started much like any other Easter celebration in any Bermuda neighbourhood.

Groups of friends and families shared stories and caught up over fishcakes and hot cross buns.

Children played football or marbles and hunted Easter eggs on the Victor Scott school playing field.

The sky was filled with colourful kites as fathers taught their kids a timeless Bermuda tradition.

Nine-year-old Kwinjae Thompson was among the scores of young children playing happily in the early afternoon sun.

He and his four-year-old sister Kimjaela were waiting patiently for their father, Kimwandae Walker, to fix their kites when the idyllic Easter scene turned to terror just after 2pm.

Two men in dark clothing, wearing visored helmets, rode across the school field and opened fire, shooting 35-year-old Mr. Walker multiple times as children scrambled for cover.

"They shot him from the bike first. He fell and then got up and ran," said one dad who was there with his eight-year-old daughter.

"The one guy got off the bike and walked over and shot him again."

Mr. Walker shouted to the crowd to get his children to safety. His daughter hid beneath the swings, where youngsters had been playing minutes earlier.

Kwinjae tried to follow his father but another kite-flyer grabbed him and hauled him out of the way.

The witness said: "They just shot him right there on the playing field. There were 50 people there, half of them kids. This is the most blatant murder Bermuda has ever seen."

Silence hit the holiday crowds in the immediate aftermath of the gunshots. Then the place erupted with the sound of screams.

The witness said: "Everyone just scattered. As soon as I saw what was happening I grabbed my daughter and ran - I was out there faster than I could speed."

The incident was over in minutes. But parents fear their children will live with it for the rest of their lives.

Mr. Walker's mother, Shelley Walker, made a passionate plea yesterday for the public to help catch her son's killer.

She said: "He didn't deserve this. His children didn't deserve to see their daddy die in front of them like that. If anyone knows anything call the police. It could be your kids next."

Mrs. Walker said her grandkids were coping well. But she is worried that Kwinjae, a student at Victor Scott, will now have to spend every school playtime at the scene of his daddy's murder.

Mr. Walker's great aunt, Lucille Hart, added: "I'm very upset about the boy going back to that school and the trauma he is going to have looking out on that field where it all happened."

She said any child could have been caught with a stray bullet.

"They have lost it," she said. "If a child had been hit they wouldn't have cared. I don't know who they are, where they come from or what they have in their hearts.

"My nephew can't have done anything that bad to anybody for them to feel that way."

Family friend Kaylene Williams is concerned about the long-term effect on the children. Relatives of other youngsters who witnessed the event are equally worried.

One aunt, whose nephew watched from his hiding place in the bushes close to the field, said the eight-year-old was frightened to go back to school in case the gunmen came back.

It was the second time the boy had heard gunshots on his way out to play and he recognized the sound instantly.

His aunt said: "He told me he hid behind some trees and waited till the gunmen rode out the gate then he ran home.

"How could anyone be so heartless? They were surrounded by children and they just didn't care."

Wendy Dill, head of the parent teacher association at Victor Scott, said it was scary the shooting had happened on school grounds.

Children at the primary school, in the middle of the Pembroke neighbourhood plagued by gang violence, have been affected more than most by shootings.

Some have lost parents or had relatives injured in previous incidents.

Mrs. Dill said the school was working with helping agencies and counsellors to provide whatever support it could to students and their parents.

Ms Hart called on the authorities to do something, saying: "If anyone feels like just riding up and shooting someone they can do it.

"They seem to have more ammunition here than they have in Baghdad.

"The law has to do something. The guns are coming in here, they weren't made here, they didn't swim here."

One of the witnesses said he was fed up with police blaming the public for not coming forward.

He said he saw the shooting but had no idea who was responsible.

He added: "The guys were covered up. There was no way to tell who it was."

The witness admitted he is worried about the future and fears the new generation of criminals lack the basic "code" that even the worst gang killers abide by.

He said: "You can't take your kids out on Good Friday anymore in Bermuda? People have got shot at the movie theatre, at the bowling alley, now on Good Friday.

"Where can we take our kids that is safe?"

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