A family mourns
by Sandra Downes
In his final moments, Jamal Worrell tried to mouth words to his parents and sisters, but none came out.
What could be heard were the screams of his eldest sister Kimberley, who along with her mother, sister and his father, saw when he drew his last breath.
It was close to 3:30 p.m. yesterday while Doriel Worrell was at home that her partner Errol Mckie called to say that their fourth child “just get shoot”.
Her daughters Kimberley and Ashley came home immediately after and heard their mother say “Don’t park, don’t park, Jamal just get shoot.”
They all rushed to Bleak House just off Indian Ground, St. Peter and found Jamal lying bleeding on the ground.
“When we got there he was still breathing and blinking … and trying to talk,” his sister Ashley told Barbados TODAY.
Kimberley recounts her telling him “hold on Jamal, hold on for Kaiden, (her son and his nephew whom he had a special liking for); hold on for the ambulance.” But by the time the ambulance arrived half an hour later, it was too late.
“I was just hoping that he would live,” Ashley said.
His mother recalled telling him she was there at his side, but his efforts to speak were in vain.
“I was just looking over him; just looking at him…I couldn’t do nothing more,” his mother said.
Jamal and his older brother Michael, ‘who were always together’ despite their six-year age difference, work with their father Errol Mckie, who is the caretaker of the chicken farm situated at The Bleak.
They had just finished work and were outside chatting when they heard talking coming from a nearby area. According to reports they went to see who was there when bullets began flying. When their father heard the shots, he too came to see what was happening and was also fired at.
The sons live between their father’s house next to the farm and their mother’s at Franklyn/Douglin Road, Belleplaine, St Andrew.
When relatives gathered at the family home this morning, tears flowed freely as they remembered a jovial 23-year-old who loved electronics and music.
They said the former All Saint’s Primary and St. James Secondary student was the one who “always made a joke,” and “troubled all the women in the family” before bursting into laughter once they began fretting. His antics were not reserved for relatives but he often teased his neighbour Cheryl Sobers as well.
Others said he would never be caught ‘on the block’ but often spent time outside playing cricket or football with his younger cousins.
His mother told Barbados TODAY her son often called her “for no reason”. There were times, she said, if she was outside working, he would tell her “Mum, D, or Do-Do (short for Doriel), come inside and rest”. If they were inside the house, he would often put his arm around her shoulders or rub the top of her head.
“He was loving,” she said.
His sister Ashley remembered Jamal’s plans to get his driver’s licence “once he got the money” and pay for hers as well.
His cousin Sonia Shepherd said she will certainly miss his “jovial nature” and his love of food.
“He had no favourite dish, he simply loved food,” she said.
Jamal’s younger brother Ramon, a student at St. Lucy Secondary, sat quietly at the family home today.