A St Thomas family have been thrown into mourning after their 22-year-old loved one was last night stabbed to death by a man she knew in front of her two-year-old daughter.
Krystal Lovell, of Highland, St Thomas, was involved in a dispute with an ex-boyfriend around 9:10 p.m., when she received several fatal stab wounds.
Family members told Barbados TODAY the alleged killer came through the gate and attacked Lovell, who was accompanied by her daughter, as she entered her small abode located just inches away from her parents’ house on the same property.
Her grieving mother Lorraine Lovell, visibly shaken, struggling to get the words out, said she was not at home at the time of the incident. However, she said she received a call from another daughter giving her the tragic news that her firstborn had been stabbed and was not moving.
“I was on my way home when I received a call from my daughter saying, ‘Mummy, come home now, now!’. I say, ‘Khadesha, what happen?’ She say, ‘Mummy, Krystal just get stab and she ain’t moving she head, nor she ain’t breathing’.
“When she done talk to me, I press out the phone and I start screaming and hollering. Then after she called me back and told me her boyfriend going to come and pick me up.”
On her way home, Lorraine spent much of the ride trying to assure herself that “my daughter ain’t dead, when I get home I going to see she, she going to be good”.
Reality struck when she arrived at the scene and saw the flood of police and residents.
“When I see that, I say well that is it. All I do was I got out of the car and I started to cry; I just started to cry. My husband come and hug me up and say, ‘Lorraine, Lorraine, he kill my daughter. Lorraine, Krystal gone; Lorraine, Krystal gone’.
Under the watchful eye of her sister Jennifer Boyce who sat by her side to comfort and offer support, Lorraine said she was informed that when Krystal was attacked, “she holler for she daddy and when he got there she was holding she belly and he [the alleged attacker] come out of the house with the knife”.
“I hear he come to my husband with the knife to stab he and my husband just push he and say, ‘Where you going? You just killed my daughter’,” she said.
Meanwhile, the deceased’s sibling Khanesha, who had come home from hospital with her four-day-old baby just hours before the incident, indicated that upon hearing the commotion, she ran into the yard where she saw ”my father scuffling with he and my sister was holding she belly, and she just collapsed”.
“Daddy was trying to take the knife away from him and he was telling me to stop my father. I tell he look at what he do, because Krystal didn’t moving or nothing so. I tell he that he kill my sister, and he say he ain’t kill she. He tell me don’t tell he so; he ain’t kill she . . . ,” Khanesha recalled as the tears rolled down her cheeks.
Krystal Lovell, who was an employee of C.S. Pharmacy and an aspiring caretaker, who was studying caring for the elderly at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, had planned that when she was finished she would sign up for a make-up course because she “just loved make-up and looking nice”.
The former Parkinson Memorial student also wanted to provide the best and make life as comfortable as possible for her daughter who unfortunately witnessed her death.
“She was there. He do it right in front the child. She died right in front of her daughter.”
Lorraine explained that her daughter was in a relationship with the attacker, who is also the father of her child; but, to her knowledge, they had been separated for the past two months, during which “he harass she”.
“She and he did split up, but he couldn’t take it. That was my first child, he took my first child,” the mother cried out.
Adding: “Me and she use to get along good . . . . She would try to help me and I would do the same thing. She would help me in any way she could. She use to look out for the people in the house.”
As for Krystal’s father, who also lost his daughter Nikkita Belgrave in the Tudor Street Campus Trendz tragedy, “he ain’t taking it good”.
“He cried the whole night. I tried by my best to be strong enough for him but I couldn’t stop he from crying . . . .”
Jennifer Boyce, who also indicated that her niece’s death was harsh on her emotionally, said that while she would never forget the way Krystal died, she would always remember that she was very sociable.
“She knew how to make friends easily. She loved to sing; she would sing all the time,” Boyce said as she smiled at the pleasant thought.