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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.


Jamal Worrell

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.


Errol Mckie and Doriel Worrell, parents of Jamal Worrell at the crime scene last night

“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.


Back row: From left neighbour Cheryl Sobers, cousin Sonia Shepherd and aunt Linda Front row: Sister Ashley, her daughter Aria, Jamal’s mother Doriel Worrell, his cousin Kiana and aunt Janice

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.

26 Responses to A family mourns

  1. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley October 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    So sad, my condolences to his family and friends, this shooting has to stop, it’s destroying so many families on the island.

  2. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett October 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace.

  3. Hope Bless
    Hope Bless October 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Condolences to tge family this is so sad

  4. Skylar Amor
    Skylar Amor October 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Dis seems so senseless no meaningin nothing rip an god watch over his family innthis trying time

  5. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond October 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    So Sad .
    My Prays are with the Family .

  6. Hope Bless
    Hope Bless October 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    How many more have to die this way father lord please heal Barbados

  7. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy October 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Sincere Condolences……. God grant you guys the strength you need at this time.

  8. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman October 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Sorry for your lost, you have my deepest sympathy

  9. Shonnie Smith
    Shonnie Smith October 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Sad indeed my condolences to his love ones

  10. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean October 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    What madness is this. No one is safe. You can’t have anything?

  11. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha October 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Chaaaa . Ita quite obvious they were in the wrong place at the wrong time…its so sad…

  12. Charles Worrell October 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    As sad as this situation is, this is where Barbados is. This is the continuing testimony of a country that decided that boundaries are out of place; that the North American way of doing things is applicable here and so, no limits nor vetting of anything coming into our country is untaken and so, lifestyles are copied and these wanton killings are part of that. When and Where we got the view that theirs is better continues to befuddle me and the continued call by persons of influence including some MPs to stay in this lane is a cause for much concern.
    NOW our young people are seriously at risk and dying; our schools are no longer serving the role for which they were constructed as administrators are now powerless. Guns are coming into the country at will and finding their way into the hands of our young people. I wonder, on what basis do we still claim development? At what point will we take a serious look at the direction our country is going in and recognized, the need to check it? Neither Party is showing any real concern and after a little lip service, there is little that’s being done.
    Sometime ago, I suggested that the time has come to recruit some of our seniors and allow them to mentor our young people, past on some of the values that made them successful thereby setting up a point of reference that will help them. That time is urgently crying to us.
    There was a time when we had many, many groupings of a social nature covering various activities and providing an important sense of ‘belonging’, we should look at this avenue again. How does this help this family and many others in mourning at this time? It put some things in place to address the problem for the long term thereby bringing Barbados back to a place of safety love and family.

  13. Skyy Blu
    Skyy Blu October 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm


  14. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair October 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. RIP

  15. Donna October 3, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    At work! Gainfully employed. A stable family, it appears. I am so sorry for your loss.

  16. Alex Alleyne October 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    And the beat goes on. Once upon a time when you see a police in uniform , your blood ran cold, now with so much guns on the streets , the youngsters smile at the cops. The powers that be , built a 4 star hotel name DODDS for these guys , import a 40 foot container ever so often full of fruits and vegetables to feed and housed these pests. BDS need a serious gun law with people sitting on the court bench to fully execute the LAW when these pests come before them and put them away for a LONG TIME . I don’t see nothing being done until one of BDS heavy roller(s) or family get tek-out. All over the world , where there is drugs you will find guns and lots of money. The small man in the street do not have the funds to bring guns, drugs into the Country. So much drugs and guns and not a “big boy” ain’t get hold yet . SOMETHING WRONG.

    • Olutoye Walrond October 3, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Alex, have you ever been into a four-star hotel? Ever sampled the cuisine or slept in one of the suites?

      If you have, on what basis would you describe Dodds as a four-star hotel?

    • Mike October 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

      I agree with you that’s why I said it ain’t affecting the big ups yet. When it do the laws will change. This is so sad.

  17. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders October 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Ffs what’s going on here …rest in pease honey X …just SOOO sad to see yet another young life gone …it’s pointless X

  18. Natasha Paton
    Natasha Paton October 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

    My heart goes out to the family. RIP

  19. sheila mcintosh October 4, 2015 at 7:48 am

    My condolence goes out to the family.this is amajor problem that a lot of young black men are being shot, what is the reason of this- A robbery, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, a conflict, or drug trafficking gone bad? when the young generation want to follow the wrong pathway of the big cities eg American life , these problems will occur.

  20. Mike October 4, 2015 at 7:53 am

    This is the result of high unemployment, low value for life, no moral values and no hope for a better future. We can blame everyone and every thing but these killers most likely are between the age of 18 and 35. This is a generation that most likely still have mother, father, brother, sister and friends that may be aware of their deviant behavior. We are a society that are condoning evil and one day it will turn up at our door step. We must get these guns off our streets. We have become like the wild wild west. Mr. Attorney General, I am pointing my finger at you who don’t believe in the death penalty. Do we need Tom Adams to came back and enforce the death penalty? ????

  21. Sugar Kat
    Sugar Kat October 4, 2015 at 9:12 am


  22. jrsmith October 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    @,Alex, A, @,Mike ,hail , hail, on the button, always saying the same , the minos are being lock up every day in bim, when last have a Mr, big criminal been arrested, it seems as though , only black people in Barbados commit crime, only black people do the shooting, the world will see in Barbados the criminals are being protected.

    Simple laws applied openly , could make a difference in bimshire, but the laws would effect certain people, that’s why nothing is tried, but one day , some one, from the gangs/ groups, would be hard done by and expose everybody, then you will see, how fast certain people book they flights and take off from Barbados.


    Must further add

  23. Bostonian October 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    That is so sad condolences goes out to the family,
    Another innocent man killed for nothing at the hands of a bunch of wannabes thugs, we need the death penalty for these thugs send a message this is sickening

  24. Winfield waithe October 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I want help on this. I propose that the court imposes 10 years and 10 lashes with the cat o nine tails for anyone caught with a gun. Why do the law courts continue to impose a slap on the wrist on these gunmen? What are the judges thinking? I am waiting to see what they do with the recently tried gunmen. All o we watching


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