The shooting death of 36-year-old Tyrone Selman Barrow has left a cloud of mystery over the community at Bamboo Road, St Lawrence, Christ Church where he was killed and in Ebenezer St Philip, where he lived.
Three days after the incident, residents of the Christ Church community who were at home at the time of the shooting, said they didn’t hear a single shot or see an assailant.
Police said they responded to a report of shots fired and just after 6 p.m. on Friday, found the father of four laying lifeless on the ground.
One woman who lives in the area told Barbados TODAY, “Nobody knows where he come from. He just ran from further inside the gap bleeding and fell down there,” she said. Others say he was a familiar face in the neighborhood, though they did not know him very well.
A trail of blood leading to a vacant lot at the end of the cul-de-sac confirmed numerous accounts of the events along with drops of blood on the asphalt where Barrow is said to have died.
“There were children outside. About five children were on that step. One of them was crying really badly down there, like she couldn’t breathe,” said the woman.
“We don’t get no violence down here. Down here don’t got no war. I just offset to know that he come out here and dead in front of the children,” she said.
“Tell them send in a priest to pray for the whole gap,” said another.
Over at Barrow’s Ebenezer, St Philip home, which he shared with his brothers and other family members, was his niece, 20-year-old Treshawna Barrow.
In an emotional interview, she described the relationship between herself and her now deceased uncle as “fun-loving”.
With tears streaming down her face, she told Barbados TODAY that she had forgiven the person responsible for her uncle’s death but was in desperate need of closure.
“Whoever did it, on my end is forgiven. I just want to know who, so my heart could feel a little better. Just some closure, so it doesn’t seem like a mystery. When you die in hospital, at least you know what illness the person died from.
“I want to know who; I want to know why. From the time he died I was just asking why. Why? Why? Why?” she asked repeatedly in frustration.
Treshawana said the death of her uncle, who was affectionately referred to as “Radical” “for his love of music”, was particularly painful to his mother, Roseta Selman. Last year, around the same time, her husband, Tyronne’s father, who goes by the same name, lost his fight with cancer, on December 21st.
Treshawna said her uncle, father of three girls and one boy, was also a “father figure” to her, describing him as “very caring and at times protective”.
“If I hungry and I had to ask him, he would ‘pull it’, he would do it, because I have a little girl and he would always make sure that she was good. Anything that happens, I could run and tell him. Even if I don’t want to tell everybody, I could tell him, and he would sit down and reason with me and tell me ‘this is right, this ain’t right, don’t do this or don’t do that’. He would back me up,” she said tearfully.
Barrow was unemployed, but was said to be actively looking for a job. In the meantime, his niece said he was trying his hand at small farming.
“He had a little farm back there. His eldest daughter, Aleah had to come here in the vacation to help him. I don’t know how far they have gotten out there. He was trying real hard with that farm out there, but I don’t know how far he got.”
While the circumstances of the case remains a mystery, police continue to plead for the public’s assistance in solving the crime.