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Community in fear as man shot dead

The country’s latest murder has left a City neighbourhood in dread.

This afternoon around 3 o’clock as the students of St Mary’s Primary School were homeward-bound, just metres away the lifeless body of Travis Ojay Brambles was found in a car in Spencer’s Gap, Baxter’s Road. The 28-year-old resident was discovered slumped in the driver’s seat.

As a large crowd converged on the scene, Inspector David Welch told the media that about 3:15 p.m. police received reports of gunshots in the area. Upon responding, officers found the deceased. He said it is believed Brambles died from gunshot injuries, but this was yet to be confirmed and investigations were continuing.

Sabrina Daisley, mother of two students of the neighbouring school, told Barbados TODAY she feared for her children after the incident. She said that when she heard the news of the murder she rushed to the school because one of her daughters  was still on the compound, along with other Class 4 students preparing for the Common Entrance Exam.

”I was real frighten . . . and she tell me ’bout it; that she hear [the gunshots] and that she frighten. So, yea, I concerned because it happen so near [to] the school and they still had children ’bout there,” she said, adding that it wasn’t the first such gun-related incident close to the institution.

Today’s murder was the fourth for 2014 and the third gun-related.

Inspector Welch stressed that the Police Force was extremely concerned about these numbers. The police public relations officer said: “Any time we have issues regarding the use of firearms, we believe this is a concern; not only for the force, but for Barbadians. I believe the Commissioner would have spoken to this recently, and we obviously would be looking at this in more detail, and would issue a response in the near future.”

In related news, two men charged in connection with two of the murders this year were remanded to Dodds Prisons until March 19 when they appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court today. Colin Hadley Reifer, 57, was denied bail on a charge that he killed his 46-year-old estranged wife Cheryl Bourne-Reifer. Her body was found in her alleged killer’s home at Sunset Drive North, Fort George Heights, St Michael, on Saturday.

Also refused bail was 20- year-old Akeem Jamar Forde of Pleasant Hall Housing Area in St Matthias, Christ Church. He was accused of killing Torian Earl on January 28. Earl was said to be standing with a group of people in Kensington New Road in The City when he was shot in the head.


Onlookers at the scene of today's murder

Onlookers at the scene of today’s murder

6 Responses to Community in fear as man shot dead

  1. Ingrid Ridout
    Ingrid Ridout February 20, 2014 at 4:38 am

    For such a tiny island this really is getting scary. I have been visiting for many years but I doubt I shall again. I feel for Barbados it’s decline is crazy.

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I totally agree with Francis McClean. Why wait for the donkey to make its way to the ABC highway and then decide to close the gate. The Government need to wake up NOW and put a stop to this lawless behaviour Zero tolerence. Yes, the born criminals murder rate is very high in Trinidad, Jamaica etc. So why should the government allow the misfits of society to put Little Barbados in that League?

  3. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype February 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    why only ONE of these FOUR cops look fit? Or wait, is the vest hiding that gut also?

  4. Ingrid Ridout
    Ingrid Ridout February 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Mhizz I have been to Jamaica yes, not been mugged there though as I was last year in Barbados, plus it’s 10 times the size. Barbados is a beautiful island that used to have little crime. Hence the reason I chose to holiday there, sadly for bajans and tourists alike this is not now the case, I’m very saddened about this not just for myself and other tourists but for all the people living there.


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