It was a sorrowful and shocking start to the day today for Cheryl Archer of Bibby’s Lane, St Michael.
The 57-year-old mother’s worst fears became a nightmarish reality this morning when she was called in by police to identify the partially decomposed body of her 18-year-old son Ricardo Archer at his 3rd Avenue, Bibby’s Lane, St Michael home.
The grief-stricken mum had suspected that something had gone terribly wrong when she overheard a conversation between a resident of the community and Ricardo’s dad.
It was not long after that lawmen, who said they received a report around 7:50 a.m. of an individual found dead by a friend, called Archer, who, along with her daughter, Kathleen Crichlow, went to Ricardo’s home to identify the body.
Family members wept openly, while scores of onlookers gathered at the scene before the body was removed by police forensic officials.
The sight of her son’s bloody body left Archer wondering just what had happened to Ricardo, whom she said was “a very quiet person, who just had his ways”.
“He doesn’t interfere with anybody and he would always try to keep himself out of trouble,” she told Barbados TODAY.
“We had our little ups and downs but otherwise he was a nice child to me. He didn’t get in anything with people; he normally kept out of trouble. I always told him trouble easy to get in but hard to get out.
“He was a good boy. I won’t say he was a troublemaker. I am not swearing for him because sometimes children go out there and do things and you don’t know about it, and I can only speak about when he was with me.”
Archer, a devoted member of the Universal Church Kingdom of God, said the last time she saw her son alive he was in “good spirits”.
“The last time I saw him was last week Wednesday and we talked and he was in good spirits. My child was good,” Archer said, while pleading for justice for her son.
“I would like to see some justice being done for these crimes that are going on in Barbados. Don’t only hold the perpetrators and lock them up, find some other way of giving justice to people that lose their family.
“If somebody can kill someone justice needs to be done about it. The police, Government and Attorney General need to do something and the churches need to get back into the society,” the mournful mum said.
Like her mother, a visibly shaken Kathlene Crichlow said her brother’s death came as a complete shock.
Crichlow told Barbados TODAY she was still in bed this morning when she received a call from another brother about Ricardo’s demise “and my first reaction was to just scream out. I couldn’t do anything else because this is really the last thing I was looking for. This is not what I expected”.
She described Ricardo as a “fun-loving” person who “loved to make sport and was out-going”.
“Yes, everybody does give their trouble. He had he ways but despite that he was not a bad child. I really don’t know what went wrong,” she said.
Police, who described the death as “unnatural”, are continuing their investigations.