The Welchman Hall, St Thomas community has lost one of its young residents, who was on a positive path.
That’s how parliamentary representative for the area Cynthia Forde yesterday described the untimely passing of 20-year-old Chad Hope of 1st Avenue, Welchman Hall, St Thomas, whose lifeless body was discovered in a house at Sweet Vale, St George around 6:30 a.m. by one of its occupants.
In a release yesterday, police said the cause of his death was unknown but they were treating it as unnatural until a post mortem was conducted.
Barbados TODAY was unable to reach any members of Chad’s immediate family for a comment.However, a heartbroken Forde recalled that when she first met Chad he was experiencing some challenges and she tried to nurture him and some other young men.
Forde went on to say that he eventually adjusted to the kind of guidance and respect that she sought to transfer to him.
“We wanted to talk about conflict resolution because that is how I met Chad. When I met Chad there was a little difference between him and a few friends. Subsequent to that every time I saw Chad he was always smiling, always decent to me. I have never heard anyone in the community say anything negative about him,” she told Barbados TODAY, noting that since she met him in February 2013, he had pursued a course, improved his skills and found a job.
During her last encounter with him two Saturdays ago, the Opposition MP said she issued her usual caution to “keep away from bad company and make sure you have only one girlfriend because of sexually transmitted diseases”.