‘Rest well bro, rest well.”
That simple message posted on the social media site Facebook by a brother hurting deeply over the murder of his sibling in the United States would reverberate painfully at the Doughty family home in St Philip.
A subsequent phone call to Lockland, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA would confirm the devastating news that Arley Doughty Sr feared. His nephew Raj-Paul Doughty had been gunned down, his life stolen by an assailant’s bullet.
“We are trying to come to grips with the sudden loss. It’s a total shock,” an overwhelmed Doughty Sr told Barbados TODAY.
A spokesman from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the killing in a brief statement.
“Doughty, 26,of Lockland, was pronounced dead shortly after he was shot several times during a 12:15 a.m. dispute inside Lamarr’s Lounge, on 9568 Wayne Ave,” the statement said.
The Sheriff’s Office has since issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of Randolph Talbert, 30, identified as the suspect wanted in connection with Doughty’s death.
Doughty Sr had raised his nephew – a former pupil of the Princess Margaret Secondary School – with the help of other family members for the first 16 years of his life in Gemswick, St Philip and Enterprise, Christ Church.
“I remember him as a quiet, fun loving person with a passion for playing cricket, football and riding his bicycle. We will miss him dearly,” Doughty Sr said.
Raj-Raul would later move to the US to live with his father and family in 2007.
“I met him in 2007 and ever since then you couldn’t get us away from each other. He was the best brother I could ever have,” his brother Peyton, who lives in the US, told Barbados TODAY.
He shared this memory of his eldest bother who attended the Wyoming High School when he moved to the United States.
“When he played soccer for Wyoming High School he was so good. I was amazed at how fast he was and I always wanted to be like him when came to sports,” a shocked Peyton recalled.
His dad Paul was too distraught to speak about the life of his first of five children, but said the “family was hanging in there”.
Here in Barbados his cousin Tamesha Doughty was visibility shaken by Raj-Paul’s murder.
“I have not been the same since I received the heart-wrenching news. Raj was a very loving and caring person especially when we were growing up.
“Our family has truly lost a fun-loving soul but I am trying to come to grips with the fact that he was taken from us so young and abruptly,” she said.
Equally painful she explained was the fact that her cousin became a proud father of identical twin boys, Raj and Paul just eleven months ago and would not be there to see them grow up.
“It is really hard knowing he will not be present throughout their childhood and lives but the family will lend support to Raj, Paul and Mariah, their mother, especially at this time”.