A grieving father is denying reports that his 19-year-old daughter Khadejah Gill died as a result of suicide.
Edmund Gill told Barbados TODAY this evening that while he felt saddened that his only child had died, he was feeling worse that information was spreading on social media indicating that she had hanged herself.
“Not as far as my knowledge is concerned,” the father responded when asked if he found his daughter hanging last Thursday.
“Well, to be honest with you, people could talk what they feel like. People could say what they feel like. I was advised not to speak about it, so I can’t tell you anything about that part.
“But I come and I find my daughter in she bedroom and I tried to give her mouth to mouth to resuscitate her, took her to the hospital, and the next thing I hear is that she hanged herself. A woman even tell me she get a picture from New York yesterday stating that my child hanged herself,” Gill said.
A composed Gill who admitted that he was doing his best to cope with the sudden loss, said he was also shocked to see pictures of his daughter’s body lying in the hospital being circulated on social media.
“So I have the lawyer dealing with that . . .,” he said.
Gill added: “My daughter was good, my daughter was quite healthy, I got to go to the autopsy tomorrow and find out what going on, and from there then, I would know exactly what happened. But the doctors and the parents that out there, talking about it know more than me, if you understand what I saying.”
Gill said he found his daughter in a motionless state, when he went upstairs calling her name, and did not hear an answer.
He said he went looking for his daughter so they could pray together. Gill explained that he and his daughter go to church and they prayed three times per day.
“Normally, I would walk in [and say] ‘Khadejah, let’s pray’, and we would pray. But she didn’t respond to me, so when I walk in the room, I found her . . .,” he recalled.
The father, who described his daughter as his “heart”, said she attended Trinity Academy and then moved on to Combermere.
The entrepreneur recalled that the child he raised with lots of love was preparing to study criminology. Gill said he did his best to raise his child who made him proud by growing into a beautiful young woman.
“People only have good things to say about her,” he said.
“My daughter never swear, or never curse yet. It is only me and she, no women don’t come in here. She don’t got no friends, I don’t got none. It was just me and she,” he added, while revealing she had previously suffered from “seizures”.
When Gill showed Barbados TODAY Khadejah’s bedroom, most of the contents were gone.
The father said he allowed Khadejah’s relatives, including her mother, to take what they wanted from her belongings.
But hanging on the bedroom walls were art pieces Khadejah created. There was a paper stuck on the bedroom door which read “Goal, Criminal Psychology” written in big letters, and “I’m okay”, in a small section.
“I get rid of all the stuff the next day. I give the mother all the next day, and throw away what I had to throw away. I always prepare myself for the person next to you got to die one day. You know the sweetest part about it; I just came from the police station just now, from being there for eight hours or nine.
“When I left the police station, I heard a little voice in my head telling me ‘Khadejah is okay, she is well taken care of.’ So I felt really good about it, I know that she is in good hands,” he said.
A massive space of the living room wall is decorated with pictures of Gill and his daughter.
However, when contacted a senior official of the Royal Barbados Police Force confirmed to Barbados TODAY that from their investigations the young woman had indeed been found hanging at her Beckwith Street home by her father.
The police official told Barbados TODAY she was cut down by her father and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital still breathing very slightly but had subsequently died.
“A note was found supposedly written by the young lady apologizing for her actions,” the police official indicated.