Problem child

Shooting victim’s granny said he was courting trouble

The grandmother of 28-year-old Jermaine Ricardo Clarke of Bequest, St Philip who was killed shortly before Christmas says he was a problem child.

Clarke’s lifeless body was discovered on December 23 lying face down in a grassy area next to a track at Mill Road, Eastbourne, in the same parish.

At the time, he was said to be wearing nothing on his feet. However, his body was clad in a light green jacket with a hoodie and blue, green and white beach pants. A postmortem revealed he had died from a gunshot injury.

Clarke’s lifeless body was discovered on December 23 lying face down in a grassy area.

While his death stung his grandmother, she told Barbados TODAY it did not come as a surprise since her grandson had begun to court trouble since his mother’s death a few years ago.

“I put him out because I couldn’t stand him, He got very rude and had no respect for his aunt,” said the grandmother who did not want to be identified by name.

Speaking frankly about Clarke, the elderly woman explained that even before his uncontrolled behaviour, she had had problems with his mother.

“I had eight children and his mother used to give me trouble and I told her two women can’t live in one house. She pack up and she went.”

The grandmother is a regular churchgoer and she would often encourage Clarke to attend services with her at the nearby Redemption Ministries.

Jermaine Clarke’s grandmother says his death did not come as a surprise.

She said after attending on a few occasions, the young man said he had nothing to gain by going to church.

“He went on a rare occasion, then his uncle offered to take him to the New Testament Church, [but] after a few weeks of service he told his uncle God ain’t do nothing for he,” she said.

Having been asked to leave his grandmother’s home, Clarke went to live with his great grandmother.

However, it was not long before she, too, had had enough of him, the senior citizen said.

“[The great grandmother] brought back his clothes and tell he she can’t handle him. So he beg me for a chance and I said ‘okay, he is my grandchild’, and I give him a chance.”

She said when she was first told Clarke may have been killed, she playfully brushed it off.

“His brother came and said, ‘there is a body down Eastbourne, I hope it ain’t my brother.’ [I said] people always coming into St Philip and getting kill, it can’t be Jermaine,” she recalled.

An emotional grandmother said a relative then informed her that earlier in the month Clarke had been showing off a firearm.

It was not known where, or from whom, he had obtained the weapon.

“I feel that is what he get kill for,” she surmised.

However, the grandmother said her grandson had one good quality.

“He was a good electrician. He worked with his uncle, he learnt from his uncle,” she said.

Source: (KB)

18 Responses to Problem child

  1. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Typical dysfunctional family. This is a disease that must be weeded out. is it a problem child or a problem parent???

    • harry turnover January 7, 2017 at 7:36 am

      You blaming the family ? when from reading the article the problem started when his mother died and it didn’t say he was a problem child when his PARENT( mother ) was alive ?

      Since his mother died HIS FAMILY tried to help him and you called that a typical dysfunctional family.????

      .. then ALL MURDERERS,RAPISTS etc are not to be blamed…. their FAMILY is to be blame then.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 7, 2017 at 3:16 am

    You Live by it you shall die by it. HIS tame said it all .

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 7, 2017 at 3:17 am


  4. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde January 7, 2017 at 5:17 am


  5. Open Concepts
    Open Concepts January 7, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Grandmother I commend you for being honest about your grandson. This is like a breath of fresh air called honesty and calling a spade a spade. Countless times we read in situations at the law courts that he was a good boy , he got influence by freinds etc. knowing perfectly well there is good and bad in all of us.

  6. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith January 7, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Very sad end to such a young man.

  7. allison archer January 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    children only become what they observe from parents and leaders, the diet we feed them determines their outcome

    I’d like for once that parents be accountable and accept the responsibility for their charges outcome in life whether they be successful or a menace to society

    Granny I am sorry for the pain, suffering you and your love ones are experiencing at this time, praying that God will comfort and draw you into a deep relationship with Him

  8. connie Francis January 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    This is really a sad end .. it sound as though his family really tried with him they did what they thought was best he probably needed additional help,maybe…some counselling after his mother’s death, we never know how much that affected him.

  9. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

    @harry turnover – I said typical because most black families have the same issues of not being able to get along (dysfunctional). Did you not read that the mother before she died, too, had issues of getting along with her mother ( decease grandmother). All this starts from the root upward. And where is that father in all this????

  10. Aneta January 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Gran I commend you. You spoke out and spoke the truth. You did not cover up like sone so many parents on this island. They know the children bad and turn a blind eye cause them benefit. You have a quality that Lots of parents should emulate. May he rest in eternal peace.

  11. Bajancanuck January 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    It’s time as a society we look at the entire picture. Granny did say his mum a problem child. We are not aware of her history or what trauma she suffered. Such traumas are passed unto children. Let’s look at the entire picture before we become self righteous. May this kid’s spirit finally be at peace

  12. Bajancanuck January 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Isn’t it funny the most judgemental in a community are always writing their comments at weird hours when they should be resting. Get some rest, process the tragedy and your comments will surely be objective.

  13. Brewster January 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Boy children especially have a problem dealing with grief. There is a lot of pressure on the streets to be seen as tough. Bad company follows and then by the time you are a man it is hard to break the chain. There is no mention of a male role model in his life. Sometimes you can come from a great family and get up to no good or have problems. No blaming his family. Hold your head up grandmother you tried! Sad end to a young lad. My sincere condolences.

  14. Brewster January 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    He could have been a problem child, but he still didn’t deserve to die in this way. Hope the perpetrators are found.

  15. North Point January 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    wELL GRANNY, you played your role to the best of your ability. he allowed the streets to control him, and the said streets consumed him. the bible says, honour thy mother and father and thy days will be long in the land. he did not honour so he left de land, end of story.

  16. John Q January 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Tragic end to a young life. No father figure to offer guidance….. happens way too often

  17. MIIB January 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

    You quick to cast judgement, he is the problem, the family, the father…. Quick to throw stones. Did the euro centric church offer him counselling, did they reach out literally to offer him grevience counselling at the funeral, did anyone mentor him, take him under a wing or you left that to the boys on the block, everyone bawling, look at the childrens face, did the man of God get in his car go out of his way to save a sheep that had strayed, find which block he a chill and go ask for the boss and have a discussion, as sometimes that’s all it takes, you lost a parent at a young age, do you understand the emotional mental parental bond of the significance this had on a young mind, to increase the feelings of low self worth, being unappreciated, forced to live with granny who you never wanted to etc as with every story they are three sides not two. The fastest thing to solve a problem is to put our youngsters on the street to compound and escalate bad behaviour,guess that was advice from the church? Honour thy mother and father, some don’t deserve honouring that ain’t in there? Not everyone is a good mother/father that is an assumption. Yet you chastise him for behaviour which has a deep rooted cause,me jus get wild jus like that….

    I am sympathetic with the loss of life and with grand for your efforts but again where are the services when needed, who do you call for help, this is where the black church is useful and greiveince is not an issue you sweep under the carpet and it goes away. Frustration builds and then you find coping mechanisms that mask the issue temporarily. Who feels it knows it I guess.

    Sorry yute. There is always someone badder and meaner. Seen this happen and sometimes they are mentored by the right people on the same block….Fight with our youth, she gets pregnant you deal with it, not put her out to increase sufferation and life chances, you go on the block where u here he is and request the boss their is always one, trust me as hierarchy rules you have a conversation you try, you try it’s easy to become a statistic. When all fails…… We too easy to give up…..



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