* Photo by Simon Jones.
Extra policing: The community fear retaliation attacks following Saturday morning’s murder of Kumi Harford. They say they will only feel safe for as long as the police mobile command centre stays in St. Monica’s Road.
* Photo by Simon Jones. Extra policing: The community fear retaliation attacks following Saturday morning’s murder of Kumi Harford. They say they will only feel safe for as long as the police mobile command centre stays in St. Monica’s Road.
Families living in the tight-knit '42nd Street' community are rallying to end the gun violence.

Residents 'up the hill' insist "Bermuda is too small for this stupidity".

They are vowing to "take action" as they struggle to come to terms with losing "two of their own" in just six months.

Kumi Harford was repeatedly shot as he drove home in the early hours of Saturday morning, while his friend Kenwandee 'Wheels' Robinson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in May.

The increase in gun violence is blamed on an ongoing turf war between rival Pembroke gangs, Parkside and 42nd Street.

People in the St. Monica's Mission area who spoke to the Bermuda Sun said they were "angry," "frustrated" and "upset".

They insist they will "stick together", describing the neighbourhood as "a big loving family where everyone knows everyone".

Fears of retaliation

Residents are demanding higher policing levels and for community leaders and politicians to "come up with a solution".

They also want the church to "have a stronger influence" on young people's lives.

They fear retaliation attacks, which they are "more than sure" will happen.

They don't feel safe in their homes and believe that "after one shooting comes another".

A 55-year-old man from the St. Monica's Mission area said: "Everyone is wondering who it will be next time - it could be me or my son, anyone on 42nd, you just don't know.

"It's not about one thing - it's about turf, money, drugs, power.

"It's getting bad now. We have to sit up and take action, this is not going to go away by itself.

"Bermuda's not far off a riot. People have lost their respect - they are walking around with guns and doing what they want to do."

A 53-year-old woman living in St. Monica's Road said: "It's got to stop, the boys are getting killed. Bermuda is too small for this stupidity.

"People have got blood on their hands and they need to be caught.

"Everyone is friends round here, we look out for one another, but I don't feel safe in my own home any more.

"It's okay when the Police Mobile Command Centre is here but once that goes it'll start all over again."

A 66-year-old resident added: "There is just so much going on between the neighbourhoods right now.

"It's gone beyond stupid - you can end up getting involved just because of words, it can just be something you said.

"That's where we are at now on the island - you say something and you get killed."