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Elderly man succumbs to stab wounds

Elderly man succumbs to stab wounds Fred Parris' (inset) nephews Peter (left) and Nicholas speaking with one of the investigators at Brighton Beach.

By Tim Slinger | Thu, December 09, 2010 - 12:04 AM

AN ELDERLY MAN who was apparently knifed to death at Brighton Beach, St Michael, yesterday morning might have been the victim of a frenzied attack.

Preliminary investigations into the death of 90-year-old Fred Parris have ruled out robbery, and police sources have indicated the Stanmore Crescent, Black Rock, St Michael senior citizen received several stab wounds about the body, including to the neck, stomach and back.

Parris’ body was found about 5:30 a.m. lying in a small track leading to the popular beach. He was dressed in a short bathing pants and shirt.

Distraught family members who gathered at the scene shortly after the incident reckoned their loved one might have lost his life because he witnessed some sort of illegal activity in the area.

Nicholas Harrison, one of Parris’ nephews, said he could see no other motive for his uncle’s killing, since he (Parris) was carrying no personal possessions when he met his death.

“Going to the beach was an every morning passion for my uncle, except on Sundays when he would go to church,” Harrison said.

He added that Parris did not even wear a watch while going for his daily sea bath and noted that he (Parris) even hid his house keys outside his home before going to the beach.

Harrison said Parris’ sudden death had struck the family hard, since they were already trying to cope with the illness of brother John “Tiny” Harrison, who had been hospitalised in a serious condition.

Parris, who would have celebrated his 91st birthday on January 27, lived in the United States for more than 35 years before returning to Barbados ten years ago.

The son of the first black captain of police in Barbados, Parris became the first Barbadian to be named to the prestigious Master of Prince Hall Masons of New York State and its jurisdiction.

He also served as a director of the Harlem Hospital in New York.

Parris, who was the brother of the late Lady Husbands, wife of Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands, is survived by three children.

A post-mortem is to be conducted today.

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