Jamaine Williams had no criminal records, neither had he ever been arrested nor charged for any crime.
And according to those who knew him best, including his aunt Veronica Williams, 61, who virtually raised him from the time he was a little boy, Jamaine was no troublemaker and did not belong to any gang. In essence, violence was not his way
Yet, just as his father Basil Walkes did 23 years ago, the 24-year-old Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael resident died a violent death at 5:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. He was the victim of an unknown gunman who opened fire during a fete at Clarke’s Gap, Spooner’s Hill, St Michael, sending partygoers scampering for their lives.
And his aunt Veronica has had a tough time since trying to figure out how this could have happened to the young man she had groomed and fed.
The sexagenarian, who has a weak heart, told Barbados TODAY that his killing was difficult enough to fathom. But worse yet were the gruesome pictures of his body lying on the road in a pool of blood.
This, she said, was most horrifying, causing her to clutch her chest in an attempt to soothe the pain which still lingers somewhat mercilessly.
“I ain’t cook yesterday at all. I ain’t eating or doing nothing. I feel weak. He ain’t known by the police. He was a good child. And he ain’t no party person. I trying to figure out what happen, but he was at the wrong place at the wrong time in my opinion. I want answers,” said Williams as she burst into a river of tears and looked up to the skies as if anticipating that the answers would come raining down upon her.
“Oh Lord, it ain’t easy. I keep looking through the door for he, hoping he would come and say, ‘aunty you alright?’ I want back my Maine, I want he back,” she continued, as she sobbed loudly, displaying a degree of emptiness.
Holding her hands to her head and with the tears washing over her, Veronica reflected on Basil Walkes’ death and the irony of it all. The young man’s father was at his Redman’s Road, Goodland, St Michael home on September 13, 1992 when two masked men riddled him with bullets from high-powered weapons in the presence of relatives.
Meanwhile, as Veronica’s younger sister Angela Williams, 57, who is Jamaine’s grandmother, sat next to her older sister, they painfully relived the trauma that haunts them.
Angela told Barbados TODAY that whenever she closes her eyes she sees her grandson’s lifeless body flashing before her.
“He didn’t deserve to die like this,” she stressed.
During the shooting, which took the young man’s life, another man, Anthony “Platinum” Hewitt of Gills Gap, Eagle Hall, St Michael received several gunshot wounds and had to be rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he underwent surgery.
Jamaine’s grandmother said she was told that during the final seconds of his life he was helping the wounded Hewitt into a private vehicle when he was cut down by the bullets.
“If the fella [Hewitt] and dem had war, it wasn’t with Jamaine. People going to say all kind of stories, but it had nothing to do with Jamaine.
“He know the fella because he is from Eagle Hall and he tried to assist the fella in the car to get him to the hospital. Not because he is my grandson, but he had no convictions,” the grandmother said.
“He died trying to help the fella. He ain’t even end up getting to the hospital, he dead right there,” Angela continued.
As Jamaine’s relatives awoke to the tragic news, so did the residents of the Spooner’s Hill area who heard the shot ringing out. Joining the scores at the scene was his distraught mother Sherry “Plummy” Williams who was also overcome with grief by the loss of her only child.
And amid the pain and despair, the family has sought justice from the very heavens to which the dead man’s aunt had earlier turned for answers.
“When justice serve, dem does go up there [to prison], eat and do as they like up there and come back out.
“God’s justice is my justice. Whoever do it, I forgive them, I want that off of me. I forgive wunna because God’s justice is my justice,” she said.