Tragic Christmas

Siblings devastated by brother’s killing

What was supposed to a joyous Christmas reunion for three siblings turned into a heart-wrenching tragedy with the shooting death on Boxing Day of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael.

Tavon, his elder sister Tanella, and his younger brother, who was not named, had not spent much time together since their mother died about 15 years ago.

The late Tavon Alleyne met his death directly in front of this house.
From left, the late Tavon Alleyne with siblings Tanella Alleyne and Tyreese Alleyne in happier times.

The three – cousins of Barbadian superstar Rihanna – moved to Eden Lodge six months ago in the hope of making up for lost time after many years of separation.

However, hours after spending some time with Rihanna on Christmas Day, Tavon became the year’s 30th murder victim after he was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant while walking in the vicinity of his home.

The circumstances surrounding his killing are unclear, but police said the shooting occurred at approximately 7 p.m., and the shooter fled the scene. Alleyne was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a private vehicle but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

“This just dampened our Christmas season because this was our first Christmas together,” a dejected Tanella told Barbados TODAY.

“On Christmas morning after he cleaned the house he told me we should pray because he knew how we come up. We lost our mother when I was seven years old and it was not easy coming up as children because we were always separated. So I guess he was so thankful that we finally got the opportunity to live as one.”

The mournful sister would not discuss their mother’s death, nor that of their sister in 2002.

However, she said her brother had often suffered from depression as he became overwhelmed by the loss of loved ones. In fact, she said, Tavon carried the guilt of their sister’s death.

“He always felt like he was to blame for my sister’s death because he was supposed to be the man and that he was not securing everybody enough. He felt as though it was his job to protect his mother’s children,” an emotional Tanella explained.

The 22-year-old sister had earlier shared on social media a picture of Tavon in a hospital bed, stating: “I never thought the day would come that I would have to bury you my love, omggg!!! this was our first Christmas together we clean, we decorate and everything!! Tavon I know you was trying to be a better person!! I loveee you soooo muchhhhhhhhh brother omg!”

She told Barbados TODAY that she heard the shots that took her brother’s life, but initially thought someone was banging on galvanize, until a neighbour gave her the tragic news.

Tanella said she was also concerned about her younger brother, who was the one who discovered his bullet-ridden brother on the ground after hearing the gunshots, and who saw Tavon dying a painful death on the way to the hospital.

“My little brother ran outside when he heard the shots because he was across by his girlfriend’s house and he saw Tavon on the ground and put him in the car [and accompanied him to the hospital],” she said.

“Right now he does not want to speak to anybody, but I know that the image must be troubling him.”

In a desperate search for answers Tanella has been trying to figure out who might have wanted her brother dead.

In the end, she concluded that “it had to be a case of mistaken identity” because she was not aware that her brother had any enemies.

“As far as I know Tavon had no enemies and as I as told other people, boys will be boys. He is not like my other brother; if Tavon has something to tell you he will tell you. He is not the type of person that will attack you. I know this is some kind of mistake because he and nobody in Eden Lodge had no problems.

“He used to walk around to his cousins that live further down the road. So this just comes as a shock to me,” she said, revealing that on the fateful night Tavon was on his way to visit a friend, having just returned from a party cruise.

The 22-year-old also said she had since been in touch Rihanna, whose given name is Robyn Fenty, and that the Barbadian star is devastated by the news.

“She is in shock because she don’t see him very often, but she saw him and hugged him on Christmas Day only to later realize that would be the last time that they would meet. She is not taking it good at all. She told me that she is thinking about my brother and me the most,” Tanella said.

The killing gained international attention after a shattered Rihanna paid tribute to Tavon on Instagram, sharing several photos with him.

The late Tavon Alleyne died mere hours after spending some time with his superstar cousin Rihanna.

“Can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms,” she wrote last night.

“Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man . . . #endgunviolence.”

She posted on Instagram Stories a black background with Tavon’s handle, @merka_95, along with: “rest up lil cuz.” She also shared emojis of praying hands, a crying face and a broken heart, and an angel.

24 Responses to Tragic Christmas

  1. Mildaer Carmichael
    Mildaer Carmichael December 27, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Too much killing…

  2. Eleanor Maxine Harewood
    Eleanor Maxine Harewood December 27, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    i am so sorry to hear this

  3. Sonnie Leawat
    Sonnie Leawat December 28, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Need to speak out people ,others have before and well done , because they know how sick in the head these pieces of filth are .

  4. Lawman USA December 28, 2017 at 3:28 am

    This is very hurtful to read. Why do i got this gut feeling that this was deliberate. I have been studying these shootings and got this stinking feeling that this is a gang in enisiation. Blood in blood out. I have seen this in the USA. By killing a person you prove to your leader that you are a true blood brother. This need to be look into.

    Barbados need to apply technology to help collect intel on these criminal gangs. You got to turn big ears and big eyes on on these people.guarantee you will hear chatter.

  5. archy perch December 28, 2017 at 4:14 am

    One step forward, two steps backwards. Barbados does not need this negative publicity, especially when it goes overseas to the world. We need to kick these thugs behinds. Zero tolerance for gun crimes. Barbados needs to severely punish with jail time, the people who import the guns.

    • Barbadosbelle December 28, 2017 at 7:24 am


      You are so, so, right.


  6. Susan Callender
    Susan Callender December 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Condolences to the family may he RIP

  7. Warren December 28, 2017 at 5:55 am

    When does Barbados get control over its growing gun problem? Who profits from the government’s lack of action? That is the question. Follow the money!

  8. Lawman USA December 28, 2017 at 6:22 am

    This is very hurtful to read. Why do i got this gut feeling that this was deliberate. I have been studying these shootings and got this stinking feeling that this is a gang in enisiation. Blood in blood out. I have seen this in the USA. By killing a person you prove to your leader that you are a true blood brother. This need to be look into.

    Barbados need to apply technology to help collect intel on these criminal gangs. You got to turn big ears and b9ig eyes on on these people.guarantee you will hear chatter in your investigation.

  9. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph December 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    my condolences to the family may he rest in peace

  10. Ralph W Talma December 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    1. Well said @archy perch. Much regret to report the murder is front page news in one of the papers’ here in the UK. Possible visitors to the Island will see this and think again as to whether they should risk going to Barbados – what, with sewage problems and now over 30 murders so far this year. Really bad news.
    2. Having said that, I send my condolences to the family and hope the perpetrator(s) will be caught and receive the ultimate punishment. I also send my condolences to the family.

  11. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite December 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

    RIP…sir….. !
    When you have guns…easily available ?
    When you have conflict…..
    When you conflict management skills…!
    This is the result….?
    Unfortunately seems to be the ..young , poor males …jobless ….with no aspirations ..or no hope
    get caught up in this …senseless killing …?
    This the way to show you a ” Bad man “..!
    Shoot someone ..who can’t shoot back..?
    When this sort of violence , ends up on a government minister door….
    Maybe they will take heed…. ?
    All I can see….Dods filling up Quick……?
    What say you ?

  12. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown December 28, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Condolence to family and May he Rest In Peace. What gets me is Barbados is not a manufacture of guns, it’s also not like the USA where you can walk into your local Walmart or gun store and buy a gun, yet there’s is a massive influx of guns flowing into the country. Now to take it a step
    further, here the other day you had some of our fellow Bajans on here being brass and sassy about Barbados voting against Trump
    in the UN professing how the US protect our
    waters and borders, well I like some these same die hard defenders to answer the question- if the US protecting a small Island
    like Barbados waters and Borders and wunna
    against Wunna own ppl, how the hell so much guns and drugs still flowing into the country like never before st a rate never
    before seen? Wanna better ask wanna self
    are wanna being protected and defended or sabatoge? Wunna better wake up, dem same guns flowing in from the very same country
    Wunna think protecting wunna. Better also
    look at the history of the same country and how dem have destroyed their own black men and women- through the war on drugs
    and guns and the mass incarceration of the
    black population ,then turn around and see it’s the same blueprint the black youth in Barbados and some de older ones following.
    When half the black population of Barbados
    either in jail or dead, wanna won’t be a majority anymore but a minority being control and back where Wunns started with
    new masters. Keep doing down the rabbit
    hole of destruction and see where Wunna end up 10 years from now, with a new master

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Anton – it is time we see the connection. All black people with woolly hair is the same dispersed people. Come on. The ships dropped off and went onto the other islands. Don’t separate bro.

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Anton do you think a war is only with missiles and aircraft carriers???

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

      We dealing with Eugenics, but it will not win, we are dealing with a centuries old MIND war. And the house negro is our biggest, toughest rock.

  13. jrsmith December 28, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Bajans must wake up stop living in denial , yes blacks are killing blacks all over the world , but we should be concern about Barbados ….
    If blacks were shooting at whites this matter would have come to an end easy and quick, but because its black on black our politicians in Barbados carry no real concern unless it effects them, so long the 1%ers is okay all is well ………………………….

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

      But this majority has been so educationally dumb down and boxed off, they cannot even think to do such. They have been taught to hate self and black fellowman. Love the others.

  14. jennifer December 28, 2017 at 10:27 am

    @jrsmith – This people are so boxed off and shut in……..

  15. jennifer December 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

    War on drugs
    War on terror
    War on medicines
    War on black men/women/families
    War on guns
    War on education
    War on religion
    War on music
    War on disfranchisement.
    War on self hate and lack of brotherly love
    And the shields are down.

  16. Felicia Skeete
    Felicia Skeete December 28, 2017 at 11:14 am


  17. Native Barbadian December 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Embassies are untouchable soils and have diplomatic immunity. To tell you my vision; if our Coast Guard, Royal Barbados Marine Police and Customs Enforcement Officers are exercising 101% dilligence on the subject of illicit drug and firearms distribution within our island’s laws duristictions then those with immunity are the very ones we as a nation should inspect with narrow eye sight. Our Commissioner of Police and Minister of Public Safety along with the Minister of National Security now has to; with profound measures look at all foreign identities posted within our Economic Zone and those resident on terra firma. I formally served with South Com, NATO and OAS security operations during the Cold war era.

  18. milli watt December 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    tell de commish eva sense to OK my license and he talkin chalk stupse……….like he want me tuh en up as a sta tis tic den. RIP ole man will be missed.

  19. Eddie Forde December 28, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I read this article in the British press this morning and so will many UK citizens who might have been thinking of having a holiday in Barbados because of it’s historical safety past record. They might think twice now. Barbados is losing safety record. The authorities must act fast and get these guns off the streets. My son and his family are coming to holiday in Barbados next year and I am concerned for their safety.


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