Shot . . . again
Murder victim gunned down twice
Two months ago Markley Williams was shot two times, but he survived, although with a paralyzed left hand.
Last night he was shot multiple times about the body by an unknown assailant, becoming Barbados’ 19th murder victim for the year. Lawmen are now on the hunt for the person responsible for fatally shooting him as he walked near his McClean Gap, Silver Sands residence around 9 p.m.
His death also marked the second son Catherine Williams lost in just over a decade. Eleven years ago, her firstborn son died while in police custody.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, as she sat in the patio of the home which she had shared with her 40-year-old son, Catherine admitted that Markley could get hot headed when angry but he was “a very alright son” who was always willing and ready to provide her with anything she needed.
Recalling the hours leading up to his death, Catherine said that before Markley left home yesterday morning he asked her for $5 and at the time she inquired if he was coming back home soon to which he responded in the affirmative.
As evening approached, Catherine called Markley again to ask if he wanted something to eat and she prepared a meal before drifting off to sleep.
“About the next 20 minutes I call he back and he tell me he on Silver Sands corner. I say ‘you aint coming home?’ He tell me he going to football [and] I always tell he be careful because I know people don’t like him you know. People do not like this family on the whole then. Next couple minutes my phone ring and it was my sister son call me and tell me ‘Catherine I got bad news for you, Markley now get shoot’. I come out the house and beg a fella to come and drop me down the road and when I get down there I say I know there ain’t no coming back for he,” she said.
“When I get there a lot of people surrounded him and my sister son was trying to tie down he foot from bleeding.”
As she rehashed the scene with clarity, as though it was unfolding before her eyes, Catherine said she looked on hopelessly as others attempted to stop the bleeding.
“What I could have done? All I could have done was go and look at he. But when I see he I know that it didn’t no coming back because I know about death. When the ambulance get there I told them I going because I is he mother.
“He heart stop about three times before we get to the hospital. The ambulance attendant tried to revive he but he ain’t make it to surgery because he was bleeding so bad and even the blood that them give he didn’t help.”
Catherine said she was holding on to her belief that her son, a father of a two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son, was an innocent victim.
“I know my children and you got to interfere with them first,” she insisted, adding that she believed last night’s incident was a follow-up to the shooting two months ago which left Markley’s hand paralyzed.
“The way how them shoot he the first time them intention was to kill he so them went back and finish he last night. But by the help of God’s grace them got to hold somebody for my child’s death.”
Catherine said she was deeply wounded and did not know if her aching heart would ever heal.
“You may doubt me but I haven’t slept yet. I just get up this morning, make lil tea and take two pressure tablets. It hard, it real hard. This is so hard on me,” she said.