Keeping safe dead daughter’s child Skye

Not a single day goes by that Lorraine Lovell does not think about her daughter Krystal Lovell, who was allegedly stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend just over two years ago.

Sometimes it is difficult to hold back the tears when she looks into the eyes of Krystal’s beautiful four-year-old daughter Skye, who sadly witnessed the killing of her own mum around 9:10 p.m.
on December 1, 2013.

Skye, who lost her mother Krystal Lovell in a brutal killing over two years  ago, is like any other four-year-old. She loves technology and keeps active.
Skye, who lost her mother Krystal Lovell in a brutal killing over two years ago, is like any other four-year-old. She loves technology and keeps active.

Lovell ever remembers the promise to Krystal she would ensure Skye received the best care she deserved.

“Before this thing happened and my daughter died, my daughter always use to tell me, ‘Mummy, I don’t know if I gine go before you, or if you gine go before me, but I know you gine take care of Skye for me’.

“I used to tell her, ‘Krystal, stop talking nonsense, because you know I might be the body to go before you’.

“I never know it did gine be the way she was talking about it. When she died, I tell myself I am going to do it because we talked about it,” Lovell recalled, as she spoke to Barbados TODAY at her Highland, St Thomas home, giving an update on how the family had been coping with Krystal’s untimely death.

Family members told Barbados TODAY that Krystal’s alleged killer Jarrick Tudor had come through the gates and attacked her while she was accompanied by her daughter as she entered her small abode just inches away from her parents’ house on the same property.

Lovell, who was not at home when the incident occurred but received a call from her younger daughter Khanesha informing her Krystal had been stabbed and was not moving, admitted it was very difficult reflecting on that dreadful Sunday night when her knees went weak as she arrived home and saw “the flood of police and residents”.

A happy Skye! Lorraine Lovell says she promises to take care of her grandaughter Skye until she is physically unable to.
A happy Skye! Lorraine Lovell says she promises to take care of her grandaughter Skye until she is physically unable to.

At times Lovell would lie in bed staring at the ceiling thinking about the times she had spent with her firstborn who was working at C.S Pharmacy at the time of her death, and was also an aspiring caretaker as she was studying caring for the elderly at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

“I can’t tell myself that I would ever get over it. It is something I’m trying to bear with. It still hurts me every time I study it.

“I does study how my child just gone long just so, and I didn’t get the chance to tell she goodbye, or that I love she,” the soft-spoken mother said.

And Skye asks for her mother all the time.

The grandmother said to some extent the child understood her mother would not be coming home to tuck her to bed ever again; but she often asked to see her face in pictures. The little girl would admire her mother’s make-up, and mention how she used to see her putting it on.

“She would turn around and say, ‘I want to put on some lipstick and look just like my mummy’. When I see she talking about her mother so, it just brings tears to my eyes,” Lovell said, taking a moment to reflect on the thought.

The grandmother admitted that taking care of the financial needs of the child Skye was not always easy, though she received
help sometimes.

Lovell declared that it did not matter if she had nothing for herself; she always ensured, even through sacrifice, that Skye’s needs were met.

Granny said Skye was excelling at nursery school, and that teachers had reported she was very active and had a hearty appetite.

“I tell myself that I ain’t waiting to depend on nobody. I remember when Skye get admitted to nursery school. I had some money at that time, and I went and get everything. I get she school clothes, she shoes, she bags –– everything for Skye,” she declared proudly.

Lovell said as much as she thought about Krystal every day, the stronger the bond between her and Skye was becoming. Grandma must be home at night for Skye to lie on her warm chest and fall asleep.

“. . . I would shake her to sleep. If the other grandchildren sitting on me, Skye would force herself in between them. She always want to be around me. Skye is a loving little girl –– just a little hard-ears,” she divulged as she watched the child prance around the room.

And Skye not only looks a lot like her departed mum, she takes Lovell back down memory lane to when firstborn Krystal was a little girl.

“There are certain times I would sit down and I would talk with Skye. I would say, ‘Skye?’ She would say, ‘Yes, Granny’.

“I would say, ‘You remember you mummy?’ She would say, ‘Yes, Granny.’

“I would tell she, ‘The things you do now, your mummy use to do them’.

“Every time I look at Skye, I see her mum,” Lovell said, nodding her head.

Recently, murder accused Sean Watson was released from prison on bail. And Lovell, who has been keeping track of the latest developments in the judicial system, said she sometimes wondered if the man who was charged with her daughter’s death would be offered bail too.

“It is something that I just don’t want to think about,” she added.

“I am asking the Lord to guide me and keep me alive, at least to be there for Skye always. I will keep on carrying her to Sunday School and church; and I pray that everything will work out for me and my family.”

This is Lorraine Lovell’s daily supplication.

13 Responses to Keeping safe dead daughter’s child Skye

  1. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown April 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Tears in my eyes…….

    • Coralita April 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Yes, I teared up as well. Sad, sad, sad!!!

  2. Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe
    Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe April 23, 2016 at 9:43 am


  3. Empresz Jana
    Empresz Jana April 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

    This gt me crying. God be with u all krysral was sweet frm skool . My anger feel like I wud pop off 1 he hands

  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd April 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Stay Blessed

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 23, 2016 at 10:01 am


  6. Del Houle
    Del Houle April 23, 2016 at 10:08 am


  7. Donna Harewood April 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Keep up the good work, gran! Our prayers are with you.

  8. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain April 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Children are blessings…God is in control and his mercy endureth forever. May God continue to comfort, protect and give you all strenght…..everything will be alright.

  9. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison April 23, 2016 at 11:39 am

    This is loving and sad at the same time..while the murderers have their lives and cowardly hide behind lawyers..the death penalty needs to be enforced in cases like these when it was clearly obvious who committed the murder.cold blooded death should result in death by hanging…

  10. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave April 23, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Hurtful . I loose mine to domestic violence also .. And God help me through it and I know he will do the same for you .. God be with you all .

    • Diana Cave
      Diana Cave April 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      O yesv ## Thank you Daniella Belle Anurora .. It still ain’t easy for us .. Although it is 12 years ago it still haunts my son .. He was 14 years old still at school and she did in his hands due to stabbing her up also Some of these men can’t take a done . my son is now 26 years old … And he still talks about it every now and them .. Not exaggerating she was a beautiful girl people often said it .. But she is gone at 22 years old .. The good thing about it we all were raised in a christian home. And before she got killed she went to church and and told the Reverend her troubles ..6 days later she was dead …. So she is safe with the Lord .. Thank you father in heaven for that If two people can’t get along you go your way and I go mine . but unfortunately the man rather send you the woman to your grave … I pray for all the people that loss a loved one due to violent that God comfort you and give you the strength to carry on .. Remember rebritution does catch up with them.

  11. Chris Wright April 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I just can’t understand what kind of devil gets in men to inflict pain suffering and even death by abusing women. I was always mad as hell and even more so after reading this story, and when I read in my local paper here in Florida of men shooting women.
    WHY? WHY? WHY?
    Do they know the hurt they put on the grieving families and especially the children. I have mentored young boys why visited my home as friends of my kids.
    I’ve sat with them and discussed practically every subject about life because as a father, some of these guys didn’t have a father present, I thought it was my duty to teach them some of the facts of life.
    One of the major topics with them dealt with relationships, granted every young person goes through it and broken hearts can be mended with careful though and soul searching and one will get over it. It does not have to come to the point where a guy cannot rationalize and know that he’s doing the wrong thing to take a life.
    I told those young men that I mentored if it ever comes to the point in a relationship where he ever thought of hitting a woman, just think of his feeling if he were to see a man hitting his mother or sister.


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