St John resident Deon Spooner will forever be haunted by the image of his brother Kenrick Adolphus Spooner lying dead in the bushes Todds Land, St George, not far from their 1 Pools Land, St John home.
It is the sheer butchery of the attack that resulted in Kenrick’s death that will stay with Deon, who discovered the body of his 48-year-old brother with multiple stab wounds to his head.
Kenrick, a general worker at Chickmont Foods, was on his way home for lunch when he was apparently attacked by an unknown assailant, who made off with his wallet, cell phone and personal items. Only a stick of gum and 50 cents were left in his pockets. It was around 2 p.m. that the family was alerted by a co-worker that Kenrick could not be reached. They immediately formed a search party, and Deon decided to walk around the area with the family dog, which led him to the corpse around 6 p.m.
The dead man’s mother, 67-year-old Linda Spooner, was too distraught to speak, and his sister, Katherine Spooner, told Barbados TODAY Deon was still shaken by the discovery.
Katherine said the family simply could not understand why anyone would so cruelly rob her eldest sibling of his life.
“Kenrick was a very nice, loving person. He didn’t used to interfere with anybody, just make sport and go along,” she said from the family home.
Kenrick was the oldest of his mother’s four children and was assigned the role of the ‘mood-maker’ – always one to create loads of laughter among his family.
But nothing can erase the sadness that accompanies the thought of Kenrick being chopped up and abandoned in the bush.
“This is the first time anything so has happened in our family and to see it happen to my big brother, I really don’t know,” Katherine woefully said.
Overcome with emotion, she reminisced about Kenrick’s devotion to his family.
Not one to go out or play sports, he opted to remain home or visit his girlfriend who lived nearby, when he was not at work.
“He would come make sport with us, cheer up the children and play with all the little children and when he here would come and wake up all the children and holler to let you know that he’s here,” she sadly recalled.