Fatal attack

Vendor struck and killed

A mid-morning altercation between two men took a shocking and fatal twist this morning, leading to the death of a teenager.

Eighteen-year-old Kadeem “Baby” Wilfred of Perseverance Drive, Jackson, St Michael died on the spot after he struck by a truck allegedly driven by the man with whom he had a dispute.


The incident took place between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. close to the goal post at Arsenal Pasture, not too far from Wilfred’s home.

It was reported that the driver then drove to a nearby police station and turned himself in.

The atmosphere at the scene was a somber one as the police investigated the circumstances of Wilfred’s death, before his body was taken away.

Tears flowed freely as family and friends rushed to the location, angry and frustrated over their loss.

Margaret Best-Grant  leaves the scene in the company of his aunt Latoya Best (right).
Margaret Best-Grant leaves the scene in the company of his aunt Latoya Best (right).
Some of Kadeem’s friends and relatives who gathered at the scene watching his body  being taken away.
Some of Kadeem’s friends and relatives who gathered at the scene watching his body
being taken away.

Wilfred’s grandfather was among the most vocal at the scene, shouting out that he could not understand why his grandson was killed under such tragic circumstances.

The young man’s aunt Latoya Best, who spoke on the family’s behalf, admitted that her nephew was not always the “best boy” but neither was he “the worst” and said he did not deserve to die like this.

She described him as possessing a cool and calm attitude, respectful to his elders, and never one to hold a grudge.

She said the young man who worked as a coconut vendor occasionally had the potential to become a successful athlete as he excelled at Interschool sports as a student at the Daryl Jordan Secondary School.

“I am kind of frustrated and sad at the same time because you know yuh try to keep the youngsters on a straight and narrow way and then you hear about your family dying because of an altercation. Yuh can’t feel good.

“But he never stayed angry at anybody too long, he was always contented, and wasn’t the type to fuss too much whether he got what he wanted or not. His only downfall is that he chose to hang out with bad company,” a composed Best said.

Admitting she was unaware of the details of the altercation, Best charged that whatever the underlying issue, his death was senseless.

“At the end of the day when you get to the bottom of the story it is usually a lot of stuff that could be avoided.”

Still in shock about the incident, a resident living close to the scene said he was in his kitchen preparing a meal when he heard the revving up of a truck engine. He told Barbados TODAY that was followed by a noise that caused him to look through his back door where he saw Wilfred on the ground.

“I swear he hit my sheep I got out there grazing. I really thought it was my sheep. But it was the boy. You mean he couldn’t press brakes and just beat he with a piece of stick and done with that? This had no right happening so,” said the resident who requested anonymity.

A number of young men who watched their friend’s body being prepared to be carried away remained with shocked expressions on their faces, one leaning on a tree for support, tears streaming down his face.

Wilfred’s grandmother Margaret Best-Grant, with whom he was living, brushed off the grass from her grandson’s face as she took one more look at her dead grandson.


16 Responses to Fatal attack

  1. Hope Bless
    Hope Bless December 9, 2015 at 1:59 am

    So sad

  2. Ormond Mayers December 9, 2015 at 2:47 am

    This is extremely sad and very hurtful. Just 18 years of age, and his life cut short by an act of evil. Regardless of the nature of the dispute , the taking of a life is very serious. It clearly demonstrates, a blatant disregard for God and the sanctity of life. As a civilize Nation, I am concern, at the number of persons being murdered as a means of settling disputes. As adults , the right example is not set. Hence, the reason school children are resorting to the use of knives on their peer, during disputes, I am further convince, that the demons have infiltrated the minds of some human beings, and all on their minds is killing.

  3. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar December 9, 2015 at 3:08 am

    This is a real evil, demonic act. This man got to be real evil to commit such an heinous crime on this young boy. This is painful and hurtful. To cut short this young man life life like this, is gross sin . You mean as adults, there is no peaceful resolution to disputes. Resorting to serious violence is the only means. This is the main reason, the school children are so aggressive and resorting to the use violence during disputes.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 9, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Auntie admitted her nephew was not always the “best boy” but neither was he “the worst” as with most young people growing up, some adults forget they were also children. The adult could of led by example and ignore the negative behaviour or take the matter up with the police, instead he deliberately took a LIFE. He is an evil, wicked heartless demon. Hang him high! Some of the same adults got a nerve to open their mouths and criticize young people.
    Sincere Condolences to his entire Family & Friends. R.I.P

  5. joden December 9, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Nothing is ever what it seems. Instead of jumping to conclusions wait and see what the facts are.

  6. Maureen Smith December 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    A tragic loss of a young life! Condolences to all of Kadeem’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  7. jm December 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This is very upsetting. All teens have “a mouth” on them, no matter how they are raised. The drive of the truck should have handle this differently. He was the mature one, He was in charge of the situation. Most 18 year olds out there have the mind of a 10 year old.

  8. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN December 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This act has made me sick to my stomach.No one has said what might have happened prior to this young man’s ultimate death, but I would without hesitation call the driver of that truck a real coward.
    If there was some altercation that led to this youngster’s,it does seem that excessive force was used ,and the accused committed a premeditated act. Was he so angry that he felt that the only way to settle the dispute was to hurt, or kill this youngster?
    When the accused gave himself up to the Police after deliberately committing a murder,signifies to me that the intent was there, and that he ultimately was willing to face any justice that resulted.

    Flowers may bloom again, but a young life taken never, never gets has a chance to grow to manhood.
    May God bless the family of this young man,by providing strength through this time of grieving.

  9. Alec Pierre December 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    As a parent my heart goes out to the parents and family of that young man. What a heinous act! Nothing can bring this young child back to life but justice, at least, demands that the perpetrator is dealt the full weight of the law. RIP young lad.

  10. Nicola December 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    First, I wish to extend condolences to the family of the decease. Also, I wish to extend my sympathy to the children of the perpetrator who have to suffer through what their father did not only to a young man but to their friend. It is indeed a heinous act to get into a vehicle, turn the engine and attempt to run down someone, but after the person started to run and fall down, to still continue to drive right over the person like they are an animal and keep on driving is more ridiculous than words can describe. There is nothing that a person can say to me to justify such an act. If he had hit him with the truck, I believe I would feel better but for the boy to fall down and you just mow right on over him is a planned act. May the Lord have mercy on his soul and comfort the grieving. Regardless of how bad a person is, their end should never be like that. I thank God that his body was still intact and not splattered. God is good.

  11. Eddie Forde December 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    It saddens me to see the violence perpetrated in this once peaceful and idylic island.

  12. Eddie Forde December 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    It saddens me to see such violence perpetrated in this once so peaceful and idylic island.

  13. oya December 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    If you commit an act like this and can drive to the police it suggests that you calculated the event and your subsequent actions…what I’m wondering is when the driver’s name will be made public…does not take much inquiry to find out if he killed the youngster… await the ‘story’ of events that will be given to the public.

  14. Jade December 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Does anybody have the facts of what happened?

  15. Shonta December 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I’m toatally furious over this act of indecency… You mean to tell me as a big man or adult your only solution was to take up your truck and killed EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD KADEEM!???? And NO!! I do not kno this boy.. This is by far one of the most senseless kill I heard of in little BIM.. Don’t get me wrong,I kno we had our shootings and stuff and people were killed because of the wrong place at the wrong time but God mannn! U could find a different solution.i will never forget this.


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