Police are investigating the apparent suicide of 12-year-old Shamar Weekes of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy.
The student of the Coleridge & Parry School in Ashton Hall, St Peter was reportedly found last night hanging in the yard at his home, which he shares with his seven-year-old bother and his mother Julieanne.
The victim’s aunt Cordelle Greaves, who was openly crying on the scene, told Barbados TODAY she received the news of his death, while at church last night.
Other residents said Shamar was last seen alive at 7 p.m. hanging out with a friend in Sutherland Hill, three hours before he was pronounced dead by emergency personnel at 10 o’clock that same evening.
His death has taken his close-knit St Lucy district by surprise. Margaret Gibbons described Shamar as “just friendly”, though admitting that, “from time to time, he would do the same hard ears things that boys would do”.
Gibbons said she was in total shock after learning of his passing. She also reported that he had gone to school as usual on Thursday and that his behaviour, to her, was well within the norm.
However, 16-year-old Roseanne Husbands said she suspected that something was wrong when Shamar, a close friend of her brother Rashad, decided to leave their home early, instead of staying there late as he usually did.
To her, Shamar was generally “a cool person, who was always telling jokes and would make us laugh”, but she never knew the full extent of his dark side.
Husbands recalled that he had threatened on several occasions in the past that “he would hurt himself” but she said neither she nor her brother believed him.
Still, Husbands did not think that he would ever take his own life, even with the problems she knew he was facing at home. Recently, she said, Shamar had complained to her that he was hungry, which led her to share her food with him.