A man is in police custody assisting with investigations into this island’s latest violent death.
Lawmen are yet to reveal the identity of the suspect in what appears to be a love triangle gone sour, also involving the victim and the woman who is the mother of the suspect’s four-year-old son.
Barbados TODAY investigations revealed that the suspect resides in Welchman Hall, St Thomas, not far from the scene of the deadly incident.
However, all that police would say so far was that investigations were continuing into the unnatural death of 40-year-old Ryan Alexander Archer of Thompson Road, Fitts Village, St James which occurred around 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday.
Archer became the latest victim of violence after he succumbed to multiple stab wounds to his upper torso following an altercation with another man in Allen View, St Thomas.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the scene Wednesday, Archer’s companion, Crystal Yearwood, was too distraught to speak, as she reclined in a chair weeping quietly and shaking uncontrollably as her four-year-old son, Nazari Yearwood slept at the foot of the chair.
However, Crystal’s 79 year-old grandmother Thelma Yearwood, who lives next door to site of the tragic event, was in a better mood to talk.
Pointing out that she was still trying to overcome the grief of her husband’s death a mere two months ago, Yearwood said: “I do not know what went on with the two of them. I was in my bed sleeping. When I awoke all I saw was a dead man. I know nothing more. My husband died two months now, September 4 is two months and I am trying to get over it. My blood pressure is up and I am asking the Lord to hold me up. The enemy has come to steal, he has come to kill and he has come to destroy, but I am asking the Lord to take over and strengthen me through these trials. These are trying times and I am asking him to help me. I am very hurt, very sorry and everything is weighing heavily on me.”
Ricardo Thompson of Allen View, St Thomas, the father of 12 and eight year olds, from an earlier relationship with Crystal, said he was unaware of this morning’s incident, but described his former companion as a nice person.
Meanwhile, when Barbados TODAY visited Archer’s home at Thompson Road, Fitts Village, St James Wednesday morning, neither his wife nor his mother-in-law was willing to comment on his death, which follows closely on the heels of the murder last Thursday of 46-year-old Ricardo Bryan of Retreat Terrace, Black Rock, St Michael, who was gunned down by three men as he was about to enter Lucky Horseshoe Saloon and Steak House in Warrens, St Michael.