Why him?

grieving family says innocent man killed

Jamaine Williams had no criminal records, neither had he ever been arrested nor charged for any crime.

Jamaine Williams was gunned down at a fete at  Spooner’s Hill, St Michael Sunday morning.Jamaine Williams was gunned down at a fete at  Spooner’s Hill, St Michael Sunday morning.
Jamaine Williams was gunned down at a fete at Spooner’s Hill, St Michael Sunday morning.Jamaine Williams was gunned down at a fete at Spooner’s Hill, St Michael Sunday morning.

And according to those who knew him best, including his aunt Veronica Williams, 61, who virtually raised him from the time he was a little boy, Jamaine was no troublemaker and did not belong to any gang. In essence, violence was not his way
of life.

Grief is etched on the faces of Jamaine Williams’ great-aunt Veronica Williams (right), who helped to raise him, and his cousin Angel Williams.
Grief is etched on the faces of Jamaine Williams’ great-aunt Veronica Williams (right), who helped to raise him, and his cousin Angel Williams.

Yet, just as his father Basil Walkes did 23 years ago, the 24-year-old Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael resident died a violent death at 5:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. He was the victim of an unknown gunman who opened fire during a fete at Clarke’s Gap, Spooner’s Hill, St Michael, sending partygoers scampering for their lives.

And his aunt Veronica has had a tough time since trying to figure out how this could have happened to the young man she had groomed and fed.

The sexagenarian, who has a weak heart, told Barbados TODAY that his killing was difficult enough to fathom. But worse yet were the gruesome pictures of his body lying on the road in a pool of blood.

This, she said, was most horrifying, causing her to clutch her chest in an attempt to soothe the pain which still lingers somewhat mercilessly.

“I ain’t cook yesterday at all. I ain’t eating or doing nothing. I feel weak. He ain’t known by the police. He was a good child. And he ain’t no party person. I trying to figure out what happen, but he was at the wrong place at the wrong time in my opinion. I want answers,” said Williams as she burst into a river of tears and looked up to the skies as if anticipating that the answers would come raining down upon her.

“Oh Lord, it ain’t easy. I keep looking through the door for he, hoping he would come and say, ‘aunty you alright?’ I want back my Maine, I want he back,” she continued, as she sobbed loudly, displaying a degree of emptiness.

Holding her hands to her head and with the tears washing over her, Veronica reflected on Basil Walkes’ death and the irony of it all. The young man’s father was at his Redman’s Road, Goodland, St Michael home on September 13, 1992 when two masked men riddled him with bullets from high-powered weapons in the presence of relatives.

Meanwhile, as Veronica’s younger sister Angela Williams, 57, who is Jamaine’s grandmother, sat next to her older sister, they painfully relived the trauma that haunts them.

Angela Williams wants justice for her grandson Jamaine Williams who was gunned down yesterday.
Angela Williams wants justice for her grandson Jamaine Williams who was gunned down yesterday.

Angela told Barbados TODAY that whenever she closes her eyes she sees her grandson’s lifeless body flashing before her.

“He didn’t deserve to die like this,” she stressed.

During the shooting, which took the young man’s life, another man, Anthony “Platinum” Hewitt of Gills Gap, Eagle Hall, St Michael received several gunshot wounds and had to be rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he underwent surgery.

Jamaine’s grandmother said she was told that during the final seconds of his life he was helping the wounded Hewitt into a private vehicle when he was cut down by the bullets.

“If the fella [Hewitt] and dem had war, it wasn’t with Jamaine. People going to say all kind of stories, but it had nothing to do with Jamaine.

“He know the fella because he is from Eagle Hall and he tried to assist the fella in the car to get him to the hospital. Not because he is my grandson, but he had no convictions,” the grandmother said.

“He died trying to help the fella. He ain’t even end up getting to the hospital, he dead right there,” Angela continued.

As Jamaine’s relatives awoke to the tragic news, so did the residents of the Spooner’s Hill area who heard the shot ringing out. Joining the scores at the scene was his distraught mother Sherry “Plummy” Williams who was also overcome with grief by the loss of her only child.

And amid the pain and despair, the family has sought justice from the very heavens to which the dead man’s aunt had earlier turned for answers.

“When justice serve, dem does go up there [to prison], eat and do as they like up there and come back out.

“God’s justice is my justice. Whoever do it, I forgive them, I want that off of me. I forgive wunna because God’s justice is my justice,” she said.


11 Responses to Why him?

  1. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite November 3, 2015 at 12:47 am

    very sad s.i.p

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley November 3, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Sincere condolences to his family and friends, so many needless murders, sadly with such a pathetic judicial system it’s not going to get better. R.I.P. Jamaine.

  3. Mike November 3, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Obviously it appears that Barbados justice system is incapable of handling the wave of crime sweeping this little island. To the criminal, he can do anything and the government will take care of him for the rest of his life if it is murder the worse crime. These criminals are laughing at the system at the expense of tax payers.
    There is a broader issue her. Because of our inability to support ourself as a nations, we are held hostage by the International lending agencies who imposes restrictions on how we manager our country. This is all in the fine print of those loans we borrow
    I call it financial slavery. This is why the attorney general say no hanging on his watch.

  4. Abeda Adam
    Abeda Adam November 3, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Why does the fàmily keep sàying that he hs no previous convictions?

  5. Harry November 3, 2015 at 7:22 am

    maybe because its true.

  6. kathy-Ann Clarke November 3, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Another death at the hands of gun toting persons, just lawless. Lord help us all, we need a serious healing in this place. May he rest in peace and justice be served.

  7. eddy November 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Mike like you and I on the same page. Slavery by a different name, when people can come and offer us money to build a prison to keep prisoners from their country, it all come out as that if you want my money well as I say.

  8. Patty Cake November 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

    May he rest in peace. I pray that the relatives find comfort in the Lord.

  9. Arlette Belgrave November 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Crime, especially murders have escalated at an all time high over the past few months in Barbados, and it should present a tremendous cause for alarm. This is unacceptable for an island of that size. Communities, and law enforcement officials need to put their minds together and come up with a plan of action . Find out how these influx of weapons are getting into the island and combat that, then work on getting the weapons off the streets, Or should I say out of the hands of these criminals.
    The rise in crime will financially affect Barbados’ economic system, if it is not handled. The day that the Barbados is placed on the “Do Not Travel To” list, would be very devastating for the island.

  10. cecil p November 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    u are right they said he wasn’t in any gangs or a trouble maker and they could be right about that. but people are into things and your brother /sister / mom / and dad even your closest friends don’t know until something happen . I don’t know so I will have to believe what the aunt is saying about him . and if he was into something we all will hear soon or later

  11. RRaw November 11, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Have anyone even realise that in a country like Barbados the law is suppose to be there to govern society on a whole and not just the lawless? when a country’s police force and Politicians can do what they like when they like and to hell with the affected. Don’t you all realise that it is only a matter of time until the young generation of society follow by example? as their are doing now. when “Sir” Grantly Adams set the fondation for the present day going ons in Barbados. when the 39 riota took place. And much more in our time, when police officers can be allowed to continue the same practices now, as they did in 1939 and politicians are “accused” by other politicians of corruption, and in all these instances no Bajan gets to see justice done. Or even want justice done. how can you people be so corrupt in your own thinking that police and politicians can brake the laws in the worst of ways and not be held accountable but when your own dose the same you all want to see and be the ones to do justice? I agree it must end. the crimes in Barbados but don’t be blinded by emotions and loose sight of the real problem in Barbados cause until the hear of the snake is dealt with the body will prosper.


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