Police were today questioning the parents of a deceased teenager after a post mortem confirmed that the former Combermere student had ingested a poisonous substance in a suspected case of suicide.
However, a senior lawman, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity, said police were yet to determine what could have led young Chris Hinkson to take his own life.
“That is a hard one. We just trying to see if we can get the parents’ account and help them with the grieving process,” the officer told Barbados TODAY this evening as the boy’s parents – Clarence and Caroline – were at the station for questioning.
He also revealed that the case had been handed over to the coroner for an official inquest.
The teenager died last Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being a patient there for a few days, following his consumption of the unspecified substance.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Hinksons’ home on Monday, the father, a retired economist with the Caribbean Development Bank, declined to comment on his son’s death.
Baffled neighbours in the quiet, close-knit community of Free Hill, St George however expressed shock over the untimely death of the former Combermere student who recently completed his Geography CXC examination.
“I still in shock . . . I can’t believe it,” said one resident, who knew Chris from the time he was a child.
“He was a quiet boy . . . . I would see him going to church with his mother. I have no idea why he would kill himself,” the distraught neighbour said with sadness etched on his face.
A woman who knows the family well also said, while shaking her head in disbelief, that the death “hit we fuh six”.
“He was a quiet boy. He did not mix. He kept to himself so he would not have somebody to talk to if he had something troubling him,” she said.
Another woman suggested that the boy was under pressure over his exam results.
The alleged suicide came on the heels of the May 14, 2015 death of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes who was found hanging at his Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy home.
However, in August last year, the Coroner Manila Renee ruled that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that foul play had occurred in Weekes’ case, but in January this year, then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock, now deceased, told Barbados TODAY he had found “insufficient evidence” to recommend prosecution.