When a group of friends dispersed yesterday from a neighborhood shop in St Elizabeth, St Joseph, the last thing they expected to hear was that one of them, 62-year-old Glen Hinkson, would soon be dead.
The charred remains of Hinkson, a former policeman and photographer of Sunbury, St Philip, were discovered by lawmen around 10 p.m. on the steps of what is believed to be a family home. No foul play was suspected in his death.
Police were responding to reports of a person on fire when they made the discovery.
When Barbados TODAY visited the area today, many were reluctant to speak. However, some of those with whom Hinkson was liming mere hours before he died, expressed shock and sadness at his death.
“I’m very shocked to hear what happened. It made me cry man. He just came back from Canada last week. He told me he was going to be here for four weeks, now this happen. It’s just sad,” Hinkson’s cousin Peter Foster said in disbelief.
In recounting their last interaction, Foster said: “He shake my hand and say, ‘cuz’, and we stayed here for a while. But I went home and left him. I wasn’t in the mood for drinking yesterday. When I heard, I cry boy. Water rolled out my eyes.”
The details surrounding Hinkson’s death remained sketchy, and Foster said he would not speculate.
“You don’t say things you don’t know. But I’m just hurt by this. I tried calling his brother today to speak to him but I didn’t hear him. I’m pretty sure he’s upset by all of this. I don’t understand it. I don’t even know why he came up here. He was staying with his brother. I don’t want to get involved in it though,” he added, going on to confirm that Hinkson had two sisters and three brothers.
Another neighbour who requested anonymity said he was still in shock.
“He was alert and well. He was good when I left him. We took a bus to Speightstown together yesterday. Only this morning I heard that he was on fire and died last night. It sounds funny to me because he is not a foolish man. But I really don’t know what happened,” he said.
Police said they were continuing their investigations into the matter.