When Dario Ricardo Lloyd waved goodbye to his mother last night and said “Mummy I coming back”, never did Angela Lloyd think those would be the last words she would ever hear him speak.
A phone call mere minutes to 10 o’clock last night made that frightening thought a reality when she learnt her 20–year–old son was among a group of persons shot in Bonnetts Housing Area in St Michael and that he was dead. Also shot and injured were 14–year–old Makia Knight and Lerron Mottley, 24, who were both reported to be recovering.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon as family members joined with the mother of three to mourn the loss of her only son, Lloyd said she never imagined that her son’s life would be taken so brutally.
Recalling her last hours with him, Lloyd said that after playing football with friends minutes away in Bonnetts, he had returned to their Reece Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael home to have something to eat and bathe, before he decided to head back out for a game of dominoes. It was then that the former St George Secondary student bade his mother a customary goodbye and left home.
Visibly distraught, Lloyd recounted that about five minutes later she heard gun shots ringing out. While she had heard the sound of gun shots before, she said these sounded “different”, adding that she developed a strange feeling in her gut which told her something was amiss.
“That is when I get the phone call that Darry was the one who get hit [and] to come to Bonnetts, but then the next phone call say, ‘go straight to the hospital’. I couldn’t even get on my clothes ‘cause when I get the phone call I just started screaming out,” she recalled while weeping openly and stating that she knew “he was gone”.
Lloyd described her son as a good boy and an avid football fan. She said this past Sunday, like millions of others around the globe, he was glued to the television screen watching the match–up between Germany and Argentina, putting all his support behind the “Blue Sky”.
“Darry would help do anything [and] he was friendly; never give that sort of trouble, just a little chat,” she said, adding that he was there for her in her sickness.
“There was never a dull moment with Darry, he would always tease his sisters [Alicia Lloyd and Shekita Phillips]. Sometimes he and he big sister would quarrel, but he would come back and he would always make them laugh.
“At the end of the day, Darry was my son and I rather got he than not,” she told Barbados TODAY.