Colleen Payne's grieving relatives (from left) Orlando Cox, Keona Nowell and sister Ella Nowell, reflecting on her life.
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THE KILLING OF Colleen Payne has left family members stunned that such a “quiet” and “unassuming” person died in the way she did.
The 58-year-old was shot to death around 9 pm on Monday night while using the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at the Royal Bank of Canada’s University Drive branch.
A nearby resident who said she heard the “loud gunshots” declared she was shocked at “how real” Barbados has become and expressed fear for the safety of the neighbourhood’s children.
Her heartbroken sister Ella Nowell described Payne as being quiet but stern and someone worth getting to know. A devoted Seventh-Day Adventist, the mother of one was dedicated to children and had worked for more than 30 years as a child care worker at the Nightengale Children’s Home.
Speaking to the media from her nearby home at Danesbury, Black Rock, St Michael, Nowell recounted that she had just returned home from work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital when she received the bad news just before 10 p.m.