What started out as a regular visit to the village shop turned tragic around 5:45p.m. for a household in Broomefield #1, St Lucy yesterday afternoon when 40-year-old Wayne Albert was shot and killed by an assailant.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited Albert’s home in that northern parish today, his companion for the past eight years, Ernesta Broomes, was still trying to come to terms with news of his untimely passing.
She recalled Albert, a former security guard who was recently laid off, had left home to buy a razor to shave his face from a shop in Maycock’s Terrace when he was shot near a bus stop on his way back home.
So far no one has been arrested by police in connection with his killing.
However, a clearly shaken Broomes, said she was at a loss as to why anyone would want to take Albert’s life. To her, the shooting victim was “a nice, quiet person, who never got into any trouble with anyone”.
“He never limed on the block, just worked and returned home,” she said.
Broomes said that since she learned of the untimely death of her companion she was trying to stay in the company of family members and friends because when she is alone she thinks about his tragic death.
She said Albert, who was born in Barbados to a St Lucian mother and later emigrated to the United States with her before returning here, is the father of two children who reside in the US.
He was also the main breadwinner in his St Lucy household.
Asked how she was going survive now that he had died, Broomes said: “I am the type of person who lives one day at a time. When I have something I am thankful, when I do not have I try not to complain. If the money can only pay the bills and no money remains to buy foodstuff, I try to make out somehow. I try very hard to avoid stressful situations.”
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