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Local minister’s daughter killed
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Nadia Tracy Cartwright

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

There are no immediate answers for a local minister whose daughter was killed earlier this month in Nassau, Bahamas.

Phillip Cartwright, who originally is from the Bahamas, is a minister at Peaceful Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church in Martinsville. His daughter, Nadia Tracy Cartwright, 33, was killed Aug. 11.

According to online reports verified by Cartwright, his daughter was riding on the back of a trail motorcycle in Nassau with a man when a gray Nissan Tiida pulled up behind them and the occupants of the car opened fire. Nadia Cartwright suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head and was pronounced dead at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

“They’re still doing an investigation in the Bahamas,” Phillip Cartwright said Tuesday. “They haven’t released the body as yet because they have to finish the investigation.”

Cartwright added that he has been told that Nassau police are investigating two suspects. According to an online report, two suspects — a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman — are in custody.

Cartwright said he moved to the Martinsville/Henry County area about 18 years ago. The rest of his family, which includes two sons and another daughter, still lives in the Bahamas.

At this point, Cartwright said, no one in the family knows the motive behind his daughter’s shooting.

“My daughter and the rest of the family down there, they don’t know what was the cause of this,” he said. “I won’t know more until the investigation is over. ... Until then, I don’t know what’s going on right now. All I know is my daughter is dead.”

The Bahama Journal reported that Nadia Tracy Cartwright was the mother of four children and was a waitress.

A memorial service for Nadia Tracy Cartwright will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at Peaceful Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church, 8860 A.L. Philpott Highway, Martinsville.


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