The untimely death of Omari Jabari Bynoe, of Glebe Land, St George, has cast a dark cloud over the Farm Road, St George community.
The 26-year-old was pronounced dead last Saturday, less than a week after he fell from a truck during a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) sponsored motorcade on May 21.
Bynoe was reportedly sitting on the railing of a Toyota Hiace pick-up, driven by 57-year-old Ken Forde, of Sargeant Road, Ellerton, St George, when he lost his balance and fell into the road as the motorcade, given by St George South candidate Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, was returning to her constituency office.
He was subsequently admitted to hospital in serious condition and despite a brave battle, eventually succumbed to his injuries, after reportedly suffering major brain damage.
Even though they were bracing for the worst, members of Bynoe’s family, including his mother Joycelyn, were hoping and praying for the best.
With their worst fears now materialized, his aunt Sonia explained today that his death had been particularly difficult for his mother, who has lost her only son.
She also said that his older sister Tiffany was devastated by the tragedy.
“Everybody break up . . . . It is a sad, sad situation,” Sonia said.
“He gone, gone. There is no coming back. We ain’t seeing he at all, unless it is in the box [casket],” she said with grief written all over her face.
Residents in the close knit St George community, including Collin Moore who knew Bynoe from the time he was a child, were also stunned to learn of his passing.
Moore, a friend of the family, described Bynoe as “pleasant” and “productive”, adding that he was always willing to offer assistance.
He also said that his death had thrown a pall over the entire area.
“After we heard he was in the hospital . . . [a cloud came] over the community, and even after he passed, you could still feel and know that something really serious has happened in the area,” Moore told Barbados TODAY.
“It is a sad loss. All of us are going to miss him,” he added.