Son’s hanging death comes as a shock

A St Michael mother this morning experienced a nightmare no parent ever wishes to live through when she discovered the lifeless body of her son hanging from the ceiling of her three-bedroom, Smith Road, The Pine, St Michael home in what is believed at this time to be a
suicide.

Residents have been rallying around the mother even as they try to understand what might have led 23-year-old Davonne Jamal Watts to take his own life.

When Barbados TODAY visited the community, family members were too distraught to speak.

Police spokesman Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler (left) in the company of relatives of the late Davonne Watts following this morning’s tragedy.

However, Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler said the mother discovered the body hanging from a cross bar in one of the bedrooms at approximately 8:30 this morning.

Cobbler said the family would receive counselling to help them cope with their loss.

Barbados TODAY understands the young man was one of a twin and left behind six siblings. He was a lover of football and a former student of the Grantley Prescod Primary Memorial Primary School and the St Leonard’s Boy’s School.

One woman from the area who did not want to be identified said the news came as a shock to everyone.

“I was very shocked. That is the truth. I was very, very shocked,” said the woman, who added Watts’ death “very hurtful”.   

“The hope always is that even though he is going through whatever he is going through that he can pass through it. I wasn’t looking for that at all,” she said.

Other neighbours, who also did not want to be identified, told Barbados TODAY they were surprised to learn of the death, with one woman describing the deceased as “quiet and cool”.

“You never used to see him so regular. You see him today and you are not going to see him until the next two days or so,” she added.

4 Responses to Son’s hanging death comes as a shock

  1. Kira James
    Kira James November 28, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Debra Joseph

    Reply
  2. Andrea Brewster
    Andrea Brewster November 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

    So sad we once work together u will be miss bro r.i.p watts

    Reply
  3. Ash November 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    It is always so sad to see a life end so soon. Mental health awareness and access to resources needs to be improved on the island

    Reply
  4. Felita V Williams November 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the family. May God continue to surround the family with his grace and mercy.

    Reply

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