Twenty-seven-year-old Trivaun Cadogan loved sports and was really looking forward to last night’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at the Kensington Oval between the Barbados Tridents and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, which he attended.
However, as fate would have it, he would not make it back home alive.
“I wish I could go back to sleeping Wednesday night and wake up Thursday morning. I still can’t believe it,” said his grieving cousin Kellyanne Jones.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited Trivaun’s West Terrace, St James home this afternoon, the entire family was still struggling to come to grips with the loss of their loved one who died in an accident while making his way home from the cricket match.
His mother, Gloria, and father, Tyron, both retired teachers, were too shaken up and heartbroken to even speak about the loss of their only child, who relatives say was the “apple of their eyes”.
The father of a three-year-old son, who was looking forward to the birth of his second child, died at the scene of the two-car smash-up on Spring Garden Highway, around 12:05 a.m. on Friday.
The former Coleridge & Parry student was a front seat passenger in the motorcar driven by Machel Toppin, also 27, of Oxnards, St James.
A tearful Jones described him as a gem of an artist with the ability to reproduce any picture or painting he saw.
She said Trivaun had won a number of national art competitions. He also studied architecture at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and had a dream of becoming an architect.
Jones also said her deceased relative was an “awesome” father and a loving boyfriend who kept his family at the centre of all his decisions.
And even though she and him were eleven years apart, they had a firm bond, which started when she held him close to her chest, when she was just 11, and he, a baby.
“He did not want to go with nobody but me. He would defend me, even when he was two and three years old, nobody could have touched me. I was his Kelly, ‘don’t trouble my Kelly’,” she recalled.
She also described him as trustworthy and quiet.
“If you tell him something, know that it is not going anywhere. If you told him something and you didn’t tell him to tell anybody, he ain’t telling them,” she said.
Kelly, an author, said Trivaun was planning to provide the animation for a book she was working on, all in an effort to push her to finishing the project.
“He wanted to use that as an avenue for taking his designing to another level and also to make sure that I finish it,” said Jones, as her eyes filled with tears.