A Christ Church family is today in a state of shock over the untimely and unexpected death of 51-year-old Winston Bynoe, who was gunned down a short distance away from his St Matthias home last night.
Bynoe was at the residence of a friend when two masked men pounced around 11:30 p.m.
Police say the unidentified gunmen entered the gate of the home and fired gunshots, causing both the victim and his friend to run for cover.
However, when the commotion subsided, it was discovered that Bynoe was injured.
He was transported to the Accident & Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by private vehicle and was later pronounced dead.
Today, when Barbados TODAY visited the deceased man’s home at Block 4C, St Matthias Housing Area, family members, including his parents Winston and Yvonne Bynoe, were in no position to speak.
However, one community spokeswoman, who requested anonymity, told reporters she was startled by last night’s deadly incident.
“I hear somebody say, ‘gunshots’ and I say, ‘gunshots?’ I ain’t looking for no gunshots to be out this side,” she explained, adding that to her further surprise, the victim was someone she knew and loved dearly.
“Afterwards, I heard someone say, ‘Trevor get shoot’. I say, ‘Trevor get shoot?’” she said still in disbelief over the incident, which has also rocked his close-knit community.
“I didn’t know what to do,” the grieving neighbour stressed.
And while suggesting that his shooting death may have been a case of mistaken identity, she was adamant that Bynoe was no troublemaker.
“He don’t get into no trouble and he is a nice painter. That is all I can say about Trevor. He would do anything for anybody out here. You could call Trevor and he would go anywhere for you. A very nice person, I have nothing bad to say about him.”
Today, the two main political candidates contesting the May 24 general election in Christ Church West, where last night’s tragedy occurred, also expressed profound sympathy to Bynoe’s family.
“We regret this loss of life and we hope the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said Democratic Labour Party candidate Verla De Peiza, while the Barbados Labour Party’s William Duguid called for an end to gun violence on the island.
“I am very saddened by what has happened in the Pleasant Hall, St Matthias area. I have been to visit the man’s family and obviously they are extremely distressed.
“I join with the rest of the community in condemning this senseless violence that continues to plague our country and I hope and look forward to a time where we can get back to law and order in this country, where we no longer have this violence perpetrated,” Duguid said.
There have been a dozen killings so far this year, compared to 31 for all of last year.