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FULL STORY: Death shock Christopher Nedd was stabbed to death on Monday night. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock.)

By Sanka Price | Wed, October 24, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Not having 25 cents to give away may have cost 28-year-old Christopher Nedd his life on Monday night.

And by yesterday evening, his relatives were fighting to come to grips with a second sudden death in the family. The woman, in her 30s, reportedly collapsed and died upon hearing of Nedd’s passing.

Nedd of Block 21D, Haynesville, was reportedly stabbed eight times about the body around 11 p.m. He later died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

His last words to his aunt Heather Ward-Skeete as relatives applied towels to his wounded neck that was squirting blood were: “You would believe that a man just stabbed me in my neck for my quart?”

Nedd died nearly a month after surviving a cutlass attack, which left both of his hands severely injured. That attack, as well as Monday night’s, occurred roughly 300 metres from his home in an area called Florida. The two incidents seemed unrelated.

A visibly shaken Ward-Skeete, at whose home the unemployed Nedd resided, as well as his older sister Lauralyn Nedd, told the MIDWEEK NATION the deceased would not have been able to defend himself as the fingers on his right hand were seized up like a claw from the injuries he suffered in the earlier incident, while two fingers on the left were also arched.
They said he spent four days in the QEH last month after surgery. He was getting physiotherapy for his hands and in fact had an appointment scheduled for today.

“If anybody asked him to do anything he would do it. He just used to talk when people troubled him, but he never used to trouble anybody,” said a sorrowful looking Lauralyn.
“They did not have to do him so because he could not defend himself,” said Ward-Skeete.

Nedd’s mother Susan Ward was very shaken up.

She said from her Bush Hall, St Michael home that of her four children she always looked out for Nedd most as she spent seven months in the QEH pregnant with him.
“I told the doctors however he born I wanted him because he was mine, so I went in the hospital with him at two months [pregnant],” Ward said.
She related how her son, who was dyslexic and a slow learner, was bullied from school days. It came to a point where she had him transferred to the Learning Centre. There
he excelled as an athlete, including winning the victor ludorum title one year.

Since leaving school, Nedd did odd jobs. He also used to go for groceries for neighbours when asked. “He was a pleasant boy, always making sport,” said his mum, somehow managing a smile. “He loved children even though he didn’t have any of his own.”

Last night, Ward confirmed that her late partner’s daughter Lorna Forde, who grew up with Nedd collapsed at her Brittons Hill, St Michael, residence on hearing about his death around 4 p.m.
“I have not seen her for a while since her father died,” said Ward via telephone, her voice breaking. She was too distraught to speak any more.
Police said a man was in custody assisting with investigations into Nedd’s death.

Please read the full story in today’s MIDWEEK NATION, or in the eNATION edition.

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Posted by yogi Ni 1 year, 10 months ago
All I can say is, this is really sad and heart breaking. My love goes out to his family.May God grant you all the strength, faith and courage to carry on at this very difficult time. I wonder what the church and those against the death penalty have to say. A man life gone so simple over twenty five cent? I will always be my own guard. I keep saying the Commissioner or the Police can not protect us, we have to protect ourselves and be our brother's keeper.

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Posted by nyln edwards 1 year, 10 months ago
Sign of the times. Sad to say...... My Condolences goes out to your family and may you rest in peace

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 10 months ago
This young Bajan was born blessed and pure; was undoubtedly loved, and was "raised" as many of us are, with great expectations by his parents. Similarly, we assume, was his killer, who evidently stabbed the life out of two bajans: firstly, that of Christopher Nedd, and secondly, his own life, since even if he might escape justice, his life hereafter will be nothing but a shell of human existence.

And our entire sytem of a caring society has collapsed in failure.

But here's my concern: here is the sad evidence of something that has gone very awry, a system that , somehow, has been totally compromised, and despite huge sums invested in our educational processes and other social-support systems, has failed. Now if this was a business, one would logically expect the "owner" (in this case, our government) to gather pertinent facts, analyse the root cause(s), and instal corrective / ameliorative policies in our national structures. I merely ask this question: which ONE of our total 33,000 public-sector employees, is charged with a duty of collating such specific instances of "sad outcomes" , in order to reduce the risk of similar, repeated incidents? Does anyone know if in the bowels of any ministry, there is ONE person able and willing to learn from these crimes?

Will we wait for the full-blown arrival of the Jamaican and Trinny "life-styles" here, or will be notice their shadows fore-warning of their arrival? Have we already surrendered and accepted that such social decay is inevitable?

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 10 months ago
when writing an essay i was taught the process included an introduction,body, and conclusion. the entry of mr. tony webster fullfills the principle of the introduction and body, well written and on point, but what about the conclusion.. does this really reflect and summarise the story.What is a trini or jamaican lifestyle? and what does it have to do with this issue here?why is the responsibility of our citizens not being placed on us,rather than trying to blame other countries,why is mr. webster trying to score political points with predjudical statements?how can the nation news allow and justifythe statement printed here"remember the ground rules" yet allow such comments that obviously conflict such rules, but refuse to publish other comments,just because they may reflect an agenda different to the nation's? the truth thats being manifested here in our society in the great divide.the big me's and the little you's,until those who see themselves as the 'ME's'.. consider the plight of the 'you'S'. Begin to build bridges,instead of walls.realize that what happens in haynesville will reflect on limegrove,accept responsibility before ,rather than place blame after.and last but not least dont consider poor folks as pawns in thier political chess games. these times and events will happen and escalate...

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 10 months ago
At this very tragic time I offer sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. This is indeed a very tragic story and I am both appalled at and ashamed of the behaviour of my fellow Bajan(s) who committed this heinous crime. I am making an assumption with respect to the nationality of the perpetrator as, of course, it need not be a Bajan or Bajans. I urge the person(s) who stabbed Mr. Nedd to obtain the services of a lawyer and surrender him(her) self or selves to the police. It will be just a matter of time before the law catches up with you and you can avoid that by surrendering. LB

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Posted by angie sterling 1 year, 10 months ago
Mr. Webster, Jamaican and Trini lifestyles?? What, they have lifestyles which differ from ours here in Barbados? Seriously? Do you not find that statement not only far-fetched?
My condolences to this grieving family.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 10 months ago
Remember when government used to be strict on murderers and as result murders were low? Instead, here's a government that talks about decriminalizing everything and crime is going up and up and up.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
This is the second time in history I can recall someone being killed in Barbados for something as measly as twenty five cents. This is worthy of deep thought. In other countries the perpetrator of this last attack would be charged with double murders.
My condolences to Susan Ward and the entire family. God has promised to hold you all in the hollow of his hand and comfort you.

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Posted by Chris Wright 1 year, 10 months ago
There have been instances of people being shot simply because the perpetrator did not like the way they looked at him. There have been instances of people being shot or stabbed for stepping on some one sneakers. We can't blame the lifestyle of any one else for someone committing an act of murder, that person who commits the act has to be responsible for their consequences of their actions. Stop blaming others for the lack of compassion and caring for each other, something which seemingly no longer exists. It's sad when the 'animal' in some people presents itself in the form of prey on another innocent and helpless member of society who did them no harm what so ever.
May the soul of Christopher, (my name sake) forever Rest in Peace, may his family be comforted in this their hour of bereavement, and may his killer find some peace on this earth and ask God to forgive him. As a Christian community we just can't let instances such as this forget that we should be a forgiving society, and leave things in the hands of the Almighty.

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