Killer bees

Joiner loses life while picking mangoes

What began as a simple stroll to get some of his favourite fruit turned out to be deadly for Nicholas Shepherd of Marchfield Close, St Philip.

The father of three ventured a short distance from his home to pick some mangoes, unaware that the fruit tree was home to a massive beehive.

In a split second Shepherd, 35, was attacked by a swarm of angry bees which chased him all the way to a neighbour’s backyard where he thought a tap would save his life.

Shepherd’s lifeless body is removed from the scene.

However, his desperate attempt to wash off the bees failed, and he was stung to death sometime after 1 p.m. Thursday.

When Barbados TODAY arrived at the scene, a small crowd of neighbours and curious onlookers had gathered in front of the neighbour’s home where Shepherd lost his life.

Among them was Mark Browne, Shepherd’s friend of 20 years, who revealed that the joiner had desperately kicked down the neighbour’s galvanize fence in his failed attempt to escape the stinging bees.

A humongous bee hive hanging from the tree where Nicholas Shepherd tried to pick mangoes.

Browne was still in disbelief as he told the media he simply could not grasp how such a friendly and nice man could face such a horrific end.

“Up to this morning we talk [and] it just got me,” a disheartened Browne said.

“I was home washing off my car when I got a call that Ninja dead. They tell me bees attack him . . .,” he further disclosed.

Mark Browne, friend and neighbour of the deceased.

He informed Barbados TODAY the hive, which was kept in a box, was one of two in the area. However, nothing like this had ever happened before.

Shepherd’s mother Donna Blades arrived at the scene around 5 p.m. Thursday, distraught and visibly shaken, and holding onto a family friend for comfort as the body of her son was lifted from the backyard and placed in a Two Sons Funeral Home vehicle.

Police have issued a statement informing the public that the Marchfield, St Philip main road will be closed
during 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday to remove the bee hive.

katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb

9 Responses to Killer bees

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Bee hive was kept in a box. ????

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    • Kim Gaskin
      Kim Gaskin June 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      I was read n n tell n myself… it’s like d bees had owners. ..

      Reply
  2. Fay Gaskin
    Fay Gaskin June 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Brenda M. Earle, for your immediate attention

    Reply
  3. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer June 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Bees are dangerous when disturb

    Reply
  4. Margaret Ross-Salavarria June 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Just thinking of the fear he had is so scary. So sorry to read this. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Safe travels to him and God’s speed.

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  5. Ric June 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    That isn’t an easy thing, I put my hand in a hive picking apples, good thing my vehicle was close by that I could jump in (along with some of the little buggers). Received quite a few stings.

    Reply
  6. Milli Watt June 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

    what is this kept in a box………..they knew the hive was there all along

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  7. P June 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Some ppl keep bees for honey. It wasn’t his mango tree.

    Reply
  8. Alfred Shepherd June 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Condolences Family on your lost. Blessing to all.

    Reply

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