Thousands of residents poured out in the streets and at the Anglican cathedral to pay their last respects to MP Nelson Bascome.
Thousands of residents poured out in the streets and at the Anglican cathedral to pay their last respects to MP Nelson Bascome.
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NELSON BASCOME DIES

Health Minister Nelson Bascome, 53, died as a result of a heart attack while he was travelling in the U.S.

Thousands of residents poured out in the streets and at the Anglican cathedral to pay their last respects. His death stunned colleagues and Bermuda alike.

Cabinet colleague Derrick Burgess said: "I'm really broken up right now, devastated."

PLP MP Dale Butler said Minister Bascome had a "conviction to ordinary people. People are really feeling his death".

At his funeral it was said Mr. Bascome "was friends with everyone, from office workers to garbage workers".

He is survived by his wife Shirlene and their children - Nelson, 29, Shirnae, 23, and Madison, seven.

LAWYER JULIAN HALL DIES

Lawyer and former MP Julian Hall died on July 18 at Agape House of an undisclosed illness at the age of 59. He had been a compelling presence in public life for more than three decades.

He is survived by three adult daughters and, despite being implicated in his own legal and bankruptcy controversies, he is described by his colleagues as being the best lawyer of his generation.

But in the wake of his death, many ruminated at the prospect of the bigger contribution he might have made.

DEROZA MURDERED

Shakeya DeRoza died in front of Rose's Flower Shop in Sandy's after running from her apartment calling for help.

Police said she died after a violent confrontation and suffered a number of wounds to different places on her body.

Jermaine Pearman pleaded not guilty to murdering her and will stand trial in 2010.

LAMBE SIGNS PRO FOOTBALL CONTRACT

Bermuda's teenage football star Reggie Lambe signed his professional contract with English Championship side Ipswich Town on July 16.

Lambe, 18, has since made one appearance for the first team, playing in a Carling Cup match against Shrewsbury.

Lambe said he realizes there is still plenty of hard work ahead of him. His mum, Renita, moved to England so she could watch every game.

FARRAKHAN'S UNITY DRIVE

Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, brought a message of peace to a packed National Sports Centre crowd. The minister also claimed that police arrested two of his facilitators who were trying to help him broker a meeting between rival gangs 42 and Parkside, a claim police refuted.

He said: "Somebody doesn't want to see peace. Somebody doesn't want us to interview and bring these young men together."

MOM WINS STAY BATTLE

Renee Carter won a five-year fight to become a permanent resident and claimed it felt like she had been released from prison.

Ms Carter went head-to-head with Immigration, insisting she had the right to stay as the mother of a Bermudian daughter, Dominique Roberts. Ms Carter was with her husband for 10 years when she claims he left her while she was in California having treatment for breast cancer. When he left her, they were not living together, preventing her from applying for status when she returned to Bermuda.