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.
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.