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Sad twist

Tim Slinger

Sad twist

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Joy and celebration turned to sadness and grief for a Christ Church family on Saturday, when the only child of a new bride was found dead in a swimming pool not far away from their Breedy’s Land home.Kevio Rivaldo Morris, a four-year-old pupil of Milton Lynch Primary School, had earlier been the ring bearer for Shannon Bourne, who had said “I do” to sweetheart 24-year-old Mark Knight at the Welches Christian Mission Church in Carrington Village, St Michael.After the wedding, the couple went to the bride’s mother Ellen Bourne’s home, only to discover that it had been broken and entered.But bride Bourne-Knight, a 28-year-old employee of Harrison’s Cave, and her husband went off on their honeymoon, leaving Ellen to assist police with their investigations into the burglary.“The children left to walk about down by Long Beach,” grandmother Ellen told the DAILY NATION yesterday, explaining that it was a normal thing for the younger ones of the district to do.However, just after 5 p.m. an alarm was raised that Kevio could not been found. The police and almost everybody of the neighbourhood then started a detailed search for Kevio.Just about an hour later the grim discovery was made: Kevio’s body at the bottom of a pool at the Peach And Quiet Hotel currently under reconstruction.According to a release from the public relations officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector David Welch, Morris and a group of other children had ventured onto the hotel compound just after 4 p.m. and had been asked to leave the premises.The news has plunged the Breedy Land district into mourning.“Kevio was an angel who taught us how to love. If there is something we should get from Kevio’s short life is how to show love,” said a tearful mother.Kevio was remembered by his grandmother and stepfather as a child “full of life”.“He was a vibrant little child, and one of his favourite songs he would sing is I’m In The Lord’s Army,” his grandmother added.