Father mourns the loss of 23-year-old murray
If John Murray could turn back the hands of time, he would have been the one who is dead, not his beloved son, John Murray Jnr, who lost his life as a result of an accident on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old motorcyclist collided with a Transport Board bus at Welches, St Michael around 11:10 p.m., and later died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he had been taken for treatment.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY from the patio of his Waterhall Land, St Michael home, the distraught father said he was heartbroken by the loss of his only son.
Murray said the “loving youth” was not a perfect individual, but he was a respectful young man who was loved by all in the community.
“If I could, I would have given my life for he. If it could have even work now, that I could give my life for he and he come forward alive, I would do it. This is the type of bond we had,” the senior Murray, who also has two daughters, said.
Five weeks ago, when John was shot in the head, Murray had faith his son would survive that ordeal. He did.
Sitting next to him in the ambulance on the way to the hospital following Tuesday’s accident, Murray said he prayed that his son would have been twice lucky. But, he said in a soft tone, this time it was not meant to be.
“When I went in and I put my head on he chest and I put my hands on he and I get up and I said to he ‘yuh gone and left yuh daddy, you really gone’. As I take my hand off of he, I see my son chest move about four times.
“I say, ‘my son alive’. I walk to the door quick to call a nurse and something tell me look back. When I look back I see my son toes shaking. It is the power of the bond I have with my son,” said Murray.
A composed Murray said the young man did not deserve to die tragically, leaving his two children, Jahzara, 5, and Jachai, 3, fatherless, and their mother, 24-year-old Leandra Barrow, without a partner.
“It is a must [that] I take care of those children now. If I love my son so much, I truly love his children too,” he said.
As he prepares to bury his son – Coral Ridge Cemetery being the preferred resting place – Murray said it was his wish that other fathers in Barbados would create special bonds with their children, especially their sons.
“It is too long that mothers have bonds with their sons. Fathers need to step up to the plate. Sons need their fathers,” he urged.
The fatal accident occurred while the young man was on the way to his girlfriend’s mother’s house to get some clothes for their children.
Nine passengers in the bus driven by Ivan Goodridge were injured and complained of various injuries. Police reported that none of the injuries appeared to be serious.
Ambulance personnel on the scene treated eight of those passengers, while one opted to seek private medical attention.