I'll forgive my son's killer, but...

MoBay dad says shooter needs to first reveal his motive

Observer West reporter

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The father of a Cornwall College old boy who was shot dead by another of the school's past students in Lauderhill, Florida, on New Year's Day has said that he is willing to forgive his son's killer, but only after he reveals his motive for the shooting.

“I am a forgiving person, so I would forgive him, but him must first come clean and talk why he killed my son. All those questions need to be answered,” a grieving Paul Anthony Nelson Sr, who is a red cap porter at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, told the Jamaica Observer West yesterday .

“I would forgive the person who shot my son… I figure more or less that that guy didn't press the trigger of his own. I believe that somebody is behind that guy who did it,” added Nelson Sr, who is in Lauderhill making final arrangements for his son's funeral.

The Lauderhill police have charged Shevon “Natty” Salmon, 24, of Miramar, in relation to the shooting death of 26-year-old Paul Anthony Nelson Jr at a New Year's Eve party in Lauderhill.

Salmon, who lives in Miramar, allegedly confessed to firing a handgun at Nelson, who was sitting on a couch in an apartment in the 5300 block of Northwest 17th Court in Lauderhill, an article published in the Sun Sentinel on January 3 revealed.

Salmon was arrested at his Miramar home and faces one charge of premeditated murder. He is in a Broward County jail receiving medical care, and his initial court hearing is pending, the report stated.

Salmon was picked up while sitting on the porch of a house at 8661 Wilshire Drive in Lauderhill, where he at one stage occupied with Nelson, who later relocated.

Yesterday, Nelson Snr lamented his son's killing and said that the youngster had a great future.

“A youth like this should be cherished. A youth like this don't deserve it. He was a youth with a great future,” the father said.

The usually flamboyant porter called on Jamaicans at home and abroad to end the spate of killings this year.

“It is now time for these senseless killings here to stop. And anywhere we Jamaicans go we carry our same [bad] habits with us. We should turn a new leaf and consider it is a new year,” Nelson Sr, remarked.

He recounted that he last saw his son in November when he went to his Miami Gardens home in Florida, where he spent time with him and his spouse, who is expecting twin babies.

“While there we had some good times,” the saddened father remarked.

The philanthropic Nelson Sr reflected that after hosting a treat for 200 people who he supplied with hot meals in his Bogue Hill, St James community on New Year's Eve, he went home exhausted and was expecting a call from his son early New Year's Day.

Instead, the first call he received on New Year's Day was the news of the tragic death of his beloved son.

After graduating from Cornwall College in 2009, Nelson Jr, a business student, migrated to America in search of better opportunities. He lived in New York where he studied engineering in plumbing, but his father explained that because of his asthmatic condition, he opted to relocate to Miami where the climate is warmer.

The saddened father revealed that arrangements are now well advanced for his son's funeral to take place in New York at a later date.

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