Company owner Flatts: ‘We have to believe things will get better’ – The Royal Gazette
Created: Jul 06, 2022 07:58
Michael Lightbourne, owner and manager of Brightside Guest Apartments, stands by the remains of the wall which was damaged in a single vehicle accident on the property on Monday (photo provided)
The owner of Brightside Guest Apartments called on the community to unite and remain optimistic that things in Bermuda are improving.
Michael Lightbourne was speaking after a fatal shooting occurred near his Flatts property on Friday and a minibus overturned after hitting his wall on Monday.
Mr Lightbourne said: ‘The amazing events of the past few days in Flatts Village with the recent fatal shooting and now vehicle crash are obviously not what Flatts Village residents and entrepreneurs want our area to be known for. . Of course, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.
“Instead, Flatts should be known for its peaceful and historic serenity. He should be known for his business innovation and optimism, and we encourage everyone to continue to hope that things will continue to improve, island-wide in this pandemic economy, especially if we can remain open to welcoming new ways of coming together and celebrating who we are.
Flatts Village (file photo)
Mr Lightbourne added: “We have to believe things will get better.
“This too will pass, especially if we always seek to improve the current situation and embrace all efforts for progress by daring to embark on new ideas that can help revitalize Flatts Village in particular and tourism-related industries throughout the country. island in general.”
The shooting which occurred near Mr Lightbourne’s property left a teenager dead and another young man in hospital.
Police say 19-year-old Letrae Doeman was found in the parking lot of the apartment complex and died a short time later.
A 20-year-old man was still hospitalized on Saturday, where he is said to be in stable condition. Four men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the main police number 295-0011, the non-emergency number 211 or call Acting Detective Inspector Jason Smith at 717-0864.
Information may be provided anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 800-8477.
The minibus incident happened after its driver lost control of the vehicle. Damage was done to the wall which is owned by Brightside.