When Sunita Wilson last saw her boyfriend Erskine Gunning she would never have fathomed that it was the final time she would see him alive.
The 41-year-old is believed to have been stabbed during an altercation at Paradise Village, Christ Church, about 12:50 p.m. today. He was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after sustaining the injury but subsequently passed away.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited his Paddock Road, St Michael residence this afternoon, the mood was sombre at the home he shared with his girlfriend and their four children.
Wilson was too distraught to speak at length about the death of her partner of 15 years, but questioned, ‘why him?’.
“I don’t know why them do that with he. Tell me why them do that to he. That so hard,” the grief stricken woman said.
Her mother, Margaret Wilson who spoke on behalf of the family, said she last saw Erskine when he left home earlier this morning.
“I saw him for the last time when he left home to go up Dover this morning . . . . Later I managed to answer the phone and a gentleman was speaking and I was talking to him on the cell and I just heard him [Erskine] quarrelling and the guy told him ‘Antz don’t bother with the person’ and just so the phone went dead. He then told us he heard he got stabbed and if we can get down to the hospital. My daughter went first because I was cooking and then I saw a missed call on my phone and she told me that he died,” Margaret said.
Reflecting on the deceased, who was unemployed, Margaret described him as one who would go the extra mile for anyone.
“He would quarrel at times, you know how people are, but he was a very nice person. He would help anybody. When it comes to problems or if you wanted he help with a bill or anything you could come to him with, he would help. He did up around here really nice, all around the house was busy and he cleaned it up real sweet,” she said.
Surrounded by two of her grandchildren, Isahantae and Ishan Wilson, as their mother wailed in the background, Margaret said the family was not taking his death very well.
“He and Sunita were together for 15 years. He lived down here from the time he was with Sunita. She is not taking it good at all. The children aren’t taking it good either. Them just crying all the time,” the grieving grandmother said.
Erskine leaves to mourn eight children, two of whom reside in Sweden. He would have celebrated his 42 birthday next month.