Another stabbing death, one day after cop was slain
This Holy Week is turning out to be quite a bloody and violent week, as the country records yet another killing, along with a suspicious death.
Following yesterday’s stabbing death of 31-year-old police constable Shayne Welch of Kingsland, Christ Church, bringing to a fatal end what is believed to have been a love triangle, another young man has lost his life by stabbing. And it all happened before horrified commuters in the Constitution River van stand.
Police named the dead man as 23-year-old Kemar Gooding of Ellerton, St George, a ZR conductor on the Silver Hill route.
According to lawmen, they received a report of an altercation between a group of men in the Constitution River Terminal, Nursery Drive, St Michael, and when they arrived there they were told that a man, who was reportedly injured during the altercation, was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by a private vehicle.
They said further investigations revealed that Gooding died while receiving treatment at the QEH Accident and Emergency Department.
Barbados TODAY understands the deceased was part of a mob that approached one young man who is employed by the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW) at the River Bus Terminal, and began throwing stones in his direction.
According to one of the MTW employee’s colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of the incident, his co-worker was a victim of bullying.
“This is like two weeks now that every time he went outside our work station these guys used to interfere with him. He also used to complain that these fellas would come around him with bad vibes,” he told Barbados TODAY, going on to state that a number of men aggressively approached his colleague, who was simply running for his life.
“I was here at work and I saw my workmate running coming in. It was about 12 men or more; even fellas that were downstairs had to run because they started to pelt rocks and thing. I was like, ‘wait what going on here now?’”
Another worker, who was an eyewitness to the incident, recalled the sequence of events that led to the killing.
“My man went out to buy breakfast and just so some men bore he. He was walking and one of our workers look downstairs and say, ‘my man run boy, all them men coming to beat you’. When he look around all the men was around him. The fella that dead he attacked him from a different angle. I don’t know what happen, but he dead now.”
Though not pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Transport Authority Chairman Abdul Pandor said illegal vending was an issue in the terminal, and this could have triggered the incident.
“Our major concern is the vending which is illegal and not orderly. We recommend that they are removed and that proper facilities are put in place for vendors in the area.
“The incident that happened is very unfortunate. I regret that an incident ever took place but we will have proper security to ensure there is a peaceful environment,” Pandor said.
Meanwhile, public service vehicle drivers operating from the River terminal are calling for greater police presence to ensure a level of safety for both commuters and workers.
“How is it that we can only see police in the van stand when something like this happens? We need more police either walking or just passing through. So many things happen in this van stand daily that wouldn’t happen if we had more police in the area.
“The only time police come here is if someone is injured, other than that we don’t see no police patrolling like that. We can’t work comfortable in the van stand without feeling threatened,” one operator said.
Today’s killing was the second in just over 24 hours, following Welch’s violent death early yesterday morning at the hands of someone thought to be the angry husband of a woman – herself a police officer – whom he accused of having an affair with Welch.
The young police officer’s suspected killer, 26-year-old Applon Parris of Taitt Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, was arrested in Rock Hall, St Philip at approximately 9:40 this morning by lawmen acting on a tip.
Police said when they went to the residence where Parris was seen, he confronted them with a weapon and he was shot in the left leg before being disarmed.
Welch, whose body was found in his driveway just after 5:30 yesterday morning, had joined the Force in May 2007, and was stationed at Oistins Police Station.
Gooding’s stabbing death today took the number of killings to seven for the year so far.
In addition, lawmen are also probing the discovery this morning of the charred remains of a woman in a burnt out car at Long Beach, St Philip. They are treating the death as suspicious. (AGB/CM)