The daunting question Jacqueline Gibbs wants answered most is: “Why Onicka?”
Gibbs’ daughter Onicka Gulliver was reported missing on Tuesday, March 11. Today the police’s grim discovery of Gulliver’s decomposing body at a grassy area in Vaucluse, St Thomas about 7 a.m. was the distraught mother’s worst nightmare. Police officials stated they had a suspect assisting with investigations.
“She nose off . . . a big hole in she face. It look like he tek a rock and smash she face. Why he had to do that?” she asked.
Standing in the doorway of her Station Hill, St Michael home surrounded by other grieving family members and friends and embracing an image of her eldest child, Gibbs described the former Graydon Sealy student as a nice girl. She told Barbados TODAY there was never a day that one would not find her laughing or smiling. She loved life and everyone loved her, so her mother was at a loss as to why anyone would do such a thing.
The mother of three said the last time she saw Onicka was on Tuesday before she [Jacqueline] left for work. Gibbs said while at work she received a call from her sister stating the 23-year-old had left home with her estranged boyfriend and that someone had seen them in a car in Waterford, St Michael, fighting.
“By the time I came home she still wasn’t here, so I wait to see if she would come. I fall asleep and morning time I get up. I ain’t see she yet so I went to his grandmother house about five o’clock,” she recounted.
Gibbs said at that time when she asked [Onicka’s male friend] for her, he was adamant he had not seen her since Saturday.
“So I keep asking he for my child and he keep saying he ain’t see she since Saturday. My sister call he and he tell she the same thing.” Gibbs said she didn’t believe him.
Gibbs said she was of the opinion that her daughter had been a victim of physical abuse over the past months but added she never admitted it. And she warned other women who might be in abusive relationships not to hide it, but instead tell someone.
She recounted an incident related to her by a friend where her daughter was allegedly physically abused and only escaped a more severe beating when her abuser was restrained by that friend.
“I got a friend right now, five times she called the police for she partner. Up to today with this, that open she eyes and gone and make she make another report because he say he gine kill she. You can’t got the men bruising you and you ain’t saying nothing. This is why them getting kill . . . when the men beating them, them ain’t saying nothing but them need to say something.
“Only if she had talk to me . . . I told she every since to move way from he because I don’t like he style, he ain’t got no manners, nothing. He would march in here wid out telling me good afternoon and I sitting down right there. She uses to listen, yet still she was . . . in love,” the grieving mother said.