A cool afternoon ride home from visiting his girlfriend on Monday turned near tragic for Akiyo Belgrave.
While travelling along Barbarees Hill, St Michael around 4 p.m., the 18-year-old was shot in his abdomen, just a stone’s throw away from his home.
And his mother Michelle Belgrave is thanking God for sparing his life. She told Barbados TODAY she was still in disbelief.
“He went by his girlfriend, so he was riding coming back home. This happened in a matter of 45 minutes. Minutes to three he left here and then minutes to four it happened,” she recalled.
“I found out like five minutes after. He rode the bicycle after and came up and a neighbour saw him and he signalled to him and told him two guys attacked him so our neighbour helped him come up. When he got here he said ‘Mummy’ but I didn’t answer him because he is always ‘Mummy, Mummy, Mummy’ so I didn’t say anything. I say to myself ‘I wonder what he want now’ and Akiyo said ‘Mummy, you believe two men now shoot me?’ I really thought he was making sport, but he moved his hand and he showed me the hole in his stomach.”
She is questioning why someone would target her child whom she described as “a very well-behaved boy who doesn’t like outside”.
“I could testify to this. My child is no block child. He’s never on the road liming or anything like that so I would really like to know what is the motive. Why them could do this to my son? I know that boys get into trouble and the first thing their parents say is ‘my son was a good boy’, but I know my son. He don’t lime on the block, nothing so. He is in the house most of the time.”
“When he is at home he would play video games, sometimes he would go out with his friends, but most of the time his friends would be here. I does have a full house with his friends here.”
Speaking to Barbados TODAY at her Barbarees Gardens, St Michael home, as she listened to gospel music and prepared for her evening hospital visit, she confirmed that Akiyo was improving.
“We saw him this afternoon and he is taking clear fluids. He’s drinking water and apple juices and soups. I would say that he is out of the woods,” she said.
Akiyo, a former student of the St Michael School, had been in the process of applying to the University of the West Indies.
Belgrave said she was looking forward to having her son at home with her again.