The last vivid memory Sharon Maycock has of her 19-year-old son is that of a young man joking and laughing about cornflakes.
It was just the day before Shaquone Maycock of The City had been shot and killed in Airy Hill, St Joseph in mysterious circumstances, that mother and son had been sharing a laugh.
“He like jokes and talking and enjoying himself. You believe only the day before he dead we was inside the house just laughing and talking and making sport about cornflakes.
“I tell he, ‘I ain’t opening that box because you ain’t getting none’. And he was laughing and laughing. You imagine the next day he gone,” the grieving Maycock told Barbados TODAY.
The teenager’s body was discovered lying near the roadway sometime after 1 p.m. Sunday by police officers who were responding to reports of a drive-by shooting in the area. Reports indicate he had a gunshot wound to his head and a scarf hiding his face.
He was one of two men shot to death last weekend.
Already having to deal with the horror of their son’s violent killing, the parents have also been forced to deny rumours that he was killed while attempting to commit robbery.
Sitting next to each other outside Shaquone’s 7th Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael home Monday morning, his grief-stricken mother and devastated father Cheston Barker told Barbados TODAY they were aware of the rumour that their son was about to rob someone when he met his death.
“Them say he went down there to thief but I don’t believe that,” the mother declared.
“Shaquone ain’t had no reason to thief. What he going down there to thief? If my son want something he used to come to me. My son ain’t gine thief nothing from nobody,” Barker added.
The father said he was struggling to come to grips with the teenager’s death.
However, it was the mother who did most of the talking, explaining the horror she felt when she saw her son’s body at the scene.
Shaquone was the last of Maycock’s five children. She said they were both happy and looking forward to him migrating to England with her sometime next year.
But the happiness has been replaced with the reality that “the Father take he for a reason”.
“He wasn’t no small boy, he was a giant. He gone for a reason. He was looking forward to going away, you know. That was my son,” she said.
Maycock said what troubled her most was that she had no idea that her son had been planning to visit the quiet St Joseph district where he met his death.
Hours before his death, she recalled, he had asked about a red hat he intended to wear with the blue shirt and plaid trousers he was wearing when he was gunned down.
He had said he was going to Bayland, St Michael to collect something, the mother said.
Maycock described Shaquone, a former St George Secondary School student, as a loving and helpful young man with a sharp tongue.
“He was loving and you could get he to do anything for you,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“I wish he was here right now with he miserable self, and I would feel better.”