A good man gone
“He didn’t deserve to die this way”
That was the general cry of residents of Spring Farm, St Thomas today after receiving the horrific news of Lemar Carter’s passing.
The 22-year-old’s body was discovered close to the Mangrove landfill in Vauclause, St Thomas in the wee hours of this morning with several gunshot wounds and other bruises, after a police patrol intercepted a silver grey Mitsubishi Lancer around 1:20 a.m.
Reports are that lawmen were involved in a chase with the vehicle, which ended at Mangrove. That’s when the other occupants of the car reportedly fled the scene and escaped into the surrounding bushes, leaving Carter’s lifeless body behind in the backseat of vehicle.
His mysterious death has come as a sudden and unexpected blow that has hit the entire Carter household hard.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited the victim’s home earlier today, distraught family members, who sat around comforting each other, said they were too emotional to speak to members of the media.
Residents in the close-knit St Thomas community, most of whom stayed home from work and school today, were also at a loss over the apparent murder of the former Parkinson Memorial student, who was described as quiet, soft spoken and harmless.
With investigations continuing into his death, the residents insisted “he did not deserve to die this way”.
“He don’t go partying, he don’t smoke or nothing. From by he father workshop he would go back in that house. He don’t talk, he quiet. He was the coolest person ever.
“If he talking to you, you would have to tell he, ‘I can’t hear you, man try and talk up’. A good fella dead,” one man said.
Another, who was struggling to piece together the events, said Carter was too quiet a gentleman to have been involved in any situation that would have caused his life.
“What happen to he wrong and unfair,” the mature male resident declared.
“Not a boy can’t say nothing bad about he. He would go to the shop, call for what he want and come long back home,” he added, while revealing that Carter had borrowed the vehicle in which his body was found from another resident in the area last night.
“Up to now you don’t know what take place,” he lamented.
Dedria Nicholls, a childhood friend of the deceased man, was also struck by news of his passing.
“We grew up together but as we got older he didn’t want to be around the girls too much so he would more be with the boys. But he didn’t deserve to die like that. And his family are good people,” Nicholls said.
Another woman, who requested to remain anonymous because she was supposed to be at work, said “the community shaken up. Even the shop shut. .. He was a very good boy. He did good from birth,” she said.