A month after surviving a gunshot to his leg, Ste Madeleine father Akeel Bailey met his death when a gunman opened fire on him on Boxing night.
But his death came as no surprise to his father Rawle Bailey, who told Guardian Media that “once you live by the sword, you die by the sword.”
Ste Madeleine police said they received a report of a shooting in progress at Sixth Street, Corinth around 10.30 pm. When a party of officers arrived, they found Bailey, a 39-year-old father of two, lying face down on the road. He bled from wounds on his head and body.
By the time paramedics arrived, he was already dead.
The Crime Scene Unit processed the scene while detectives from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations: Region Three began taking statements.
However, investigators were still working to determine a motive and did not detain anyone for the murder up to yesterday.
At Bailey’s Warner Street home yesterday, Rawle said that while his son had a job with the Laing Group of Companies, he still engaged in gang activities.
Investigators confirmed that Bailey was known to them as they detained him for various criminal offences previously.
“That gangster life, he was into that. You cannot plant corn and reap peas, but that was his lifestyle. All the time, he was on top of his game, but he lived that life. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword,” Rawle said.
He did not know the exact reason why someone murdered his son, nor why someone shot him a month ago.
He said there was a rumour that Bailey accidentally shot himself in the leg last month while withdrawing his gun.
While he disapproved of his son’s lifestyle, he took comfort that his grandsons lived with their mothers and away for their father’s habits.