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Mother grieves for murdered son


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Romario Yarde sustained a fatal gunshot on Sunday.

Please Lord, send me answers!

This was the cry of Jewel Drakes, a mourning St Michael mother, as she called on God to give her answers surrounding the mysterious death of her 20-year-old son, Romario Yarde. Yarde died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday after being shot in his chest, reportedly while in the Collymore Rock area.

Details were unclear about exactly how he died and police have been appealing to the public for information.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, which was punctuated by her loud wails that echoed through her Bayville, St Michael home, Drakes said that as she tried to cope with the reality of making plans to bury the fifth of her eight children, she needs to know how he met his death.

“I just want answers. I just really want to know what happened . . . What cause it? What happen? Nobody ain’t telling me nothing. I just can’t take it. How to bury a child out of eight children and now seven?” she cried.

Holding her head as tears streamed down her face, she added: “I don’t know how to deal with it, I just don’t know.”

Drakes recalled that when she left home for church around 8:30 a.m. yesterday, her son was in his bedroom asleep. When she returned home to prepare lunch, he was not there.

It was as Drakes was going to take an afternoon nap that she heard someone calling outside her home. When she looked out, she was told to immediately head to the hospital because “Romario just get shoot.”

“I say ‘where Romario just get shoot?’ He say ‘in Collymore Rock’. I say ‘you were with him?’ He say ‘no’. I say ‘who took him to the hospital?’ ‘We take him’. And then I just say ‘but wunna should call the police’. Then I just walk and went along and when I get there the doctors just questioned me and tell me if I know any distinctive marks on he and it was questions after questions . . .” she said.

According to the mother, Yarde was raised mainly by his grandmother and “was not a bad boy”.

“If he was, I would tell ya’ll,” she added, although she suggested that he may have been caught up with the wrong company in the past few days.


Jewel Drakes (right) being comforted by her friend Merlene Jervis.

“He was just nuff mouth and he would talk. You would have to hit him . . . Up to Friday me and he had it and then he come back and he apologized and then all Saturday he was apologizing and saying he sorry, he sorry, he sorry. He was not in no gang and he wouldn’t go out there and look for trouble. He didn’t use to get in no conflicts with nobody and had nobody looking for he so I don’t really know.”

“He didn’t deserve to be shot. Them didn’t had to shoot he, them didn’t had to shoot he,” Drakes cried out.

She said the sight of her son’s body laying in the hospital haunted her and constantly flashed before her eyes.

“I just keep on seeing he all the time. The bedroom empty, empty. I get up last night and went looking for he. I just see the bed there but no Romario, no Romario, no Romario. He gone. He just gone, Romario just gone . . . Just tell me how to deal with it, Lord; just give me the strength to deal with it.”

Drakes said she would depend on God to give her strength to make it.

“I know I serve an almighty God and I know he will give me the strength and he will endure with me to the end. He say he will never leave me or forsake me and I know he is a true God . . . There is sorrow now but joy gine come,” she said, as her head rested in the bosom of a neighbour who came over to offer support.

Lawmen are appealing to anyone who can assist with the investigation into Yarde’s death to call the police at emergency number 211 or 430-7189.

Yarde’s shooting death came on the heels of two recent murders – the killing of Richmond Gap resident Jermaine Capone Harper who died by the gun last week, and the fatal shooting of Mark Vincent Walton of Fitts Village, St James, who lost his life to a bullet last Monday night.

9 Responses to Mother grieves for murdered son

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    So sad, it’s becoming clear that the young men needs some form of positive guidance in their lives. Something needs to be done more today than ever reigning in the born normal created into monsters by the adults that raise them. May he rest in peace.

  2. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood August 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Its so sad I feel for his mother and family at this sad time god bless her lord XX I hope the people who know what is what turn the cowered with the gun in to the police. His poor mother is broken hearted how awful a young man of 20 just gone to soon god rest his sole. Barbados is getting a bad reputation. Gun crime people going missing. Its all out of control gun crime has got to stop so much young lives are being taken by the gun how are the guns getting in the young people’s hands. I hope and pray the person or persons responsible for giving out the guns get caught looking at this young man you can see he’s not a bad boy god bless him. Gun crime is ruining Barbados I love Barbados I’ve always been proud of being a Bajans Daughter my dad was born in Chelsea road st Michael Bridgetown I believe Barbados is the most beautiful country in the world. But something needs to be done to stop this gun crime hype the youngsters killing each other what’s is it all about what do the youngsters need guns for its a cowered that needs a gun its disappointing to keep hearing news of young men getting murdered by young men the prison must be full of young men in for murder families turn apart over deaths of young men its awful. But this latest murder turns me sick 20year-old life gone its sad xxx

  3. Jon Near
    Jon Near August 12, 2014 at 3:36 am

    God bless her. No parent should have to bury a child. why do young men across the world think that life is so cheap?

  4. Kathy Hunte August 12, 2014 at 5:37 am

    On almost a daily basis I am reading about crimes that, 5 years ago, were virtually unheard of in Barbados. I find it so very sad that yet another young life has been cut short, and as a mother to 2 sons myself, I can only imagine Jewels’ anguish and pain, God Bless her ! My husband was born in St Michael, and we have vacationed in Barbados many times in the past, but I have to say that our dream of retiring to the Island we both love, is fast becoming a nightmare ! I would be scared to come and stay for more than a two week vacation, because of the increasing violent crime rate, and I know that our extended Barbadian family would be heartbroken to know this. Barbados relies heavily on Tourism, but the numbers of visitors will fall dramatically if crime, particularly gun crime, keeps on increasing at such a fast rate, and that is the saddest thing of all. R.I.P Romario, and God Bless Jewel, I really hope that the sun shines for you again.

  5. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis August 12, 2014 at 6:12 am

    God had nothing to do with it.. poor decisions..wrong friends.wrong mentality and a belief in the “thuglife” is cool. being at the wrong place at the wrong time.I am sorry for her loss.. Parents need to know where, who and what their kids are doing, this will only get worse.

    • Alison Branch
      Alison Branch August 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      some hard truths there Daniel!! and even ‘good’ parents question themselves when bad things happen to their children. Let’s comfort the bereaved in their season as all too soon ours happen and as Jesus said ‘blessed are the merciful for they will obtain mercy’. Our prayers are with you Mother Drakes!

  6. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde August 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Young lives are being lost in this country at too high a rate…what will the future of this nation really be like. Lawlessness is a scourge on the country when will it end.

  7. Bruno Koegler
    Bruno Koegler August 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    R I P 🙁

  8. Preciousgem August 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Romario, Romario, Romario my cousin by blood, my little brother, my son! God does indeed know best and I take comfort in the fact that maybe he saw the lifestyle you have been introduced to would have cause you your life sooner or later. The truth may never be known after all so many lies been told from start. You was loyal to your friend but his loyalty was to money, the streets and himself. I pray you are resting beside your gran she did her best for those from time you came to live with us at 1 year for 14 years. I know with her death last year til the day of your death you still hadn’t come to grips with losing your grandmother/mother/provider. We all will grieve we all will hurt but more so those who know they failed you and did not live right by you whilst you were alive including my uncle your father. You had a tough life but your struggles are over. I pray you rest peacefully always in my heart “Ri Ri”


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