Fisherfolk at the Bridgetown fish market were stunned today by the killing of one of their own.
The body of Shirley Rogers, 73, was discovered at a bus shed opposite the fisheries complex on Princess Alice Highway this morning.
Police said foul play was suspected, but they await the results of the post mortem to determine the cause of death.
The elderly woman had been homeless for more than three years. Friends of the deceased said she would often be found sleeping in the bathrooms of the fishing complex or at bus stops nearby.
Founder of the Fishers of Men Charity Sharon Bellamy-Thompson said she was distraught when she heard the news.
The Bridgetown fish vendor grew up in Wellington Street, Pond Side, St Michael, where Rogers once lived.
Bellamy-Thompson fondly recalled that as a child, Rogers often took her to the beach and took care of her.
Describing Rogers as “a very nice and quiet lady”, the charity founder said she provided meals to Rogers and other vagrants throughout Bridgetown, making sure that the former fish vendor was fed because “she was very nice to me as a young girl”.
“After different circumstances pushed her on the streets I continued to feed Shirley every day,” Bellamy-Thompson said.
“Shirley was a very nice and quiet lady all her life. She would be a bit grumpy sometimes but very peaceful and a very nice lady,” she added, while adding Rogers had two sons but was “set in her ways”.
A fellow fish vendor who identified herself only as Margaret, demanded justice for the 73-year-old.
“Whatever happened to Shirley she didn’t deserve it, after all of us are human,” she exclaimed.
The Bridgetown market fish vendor described the deceased as a nice woman who was stubborn but helpful.
“Sometimes she was miserable and confused but you know old age,” Margaret said.
“She didn’t deserve what happened to her,” she added.