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FULL STORY: Day of tragedy


Sanka Price and Carlos Atwell

FULL STORY: Day of tragedy

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IT WAS a tragic day in Barbados yesterday as two young women died, three others were seriously hurt in a vehicular accident, and two British tourists were shot in Bridgetown.
Kimberley Hinds, a 24-year-old mother of two, was found dead in the living room of her Rock Hall, St Thomas rented home around 3 p.m. by a relative and her landlord.
Police report that Hinds, a customer service representative at B&B Distributions, was in the habit of making contact by a certain time so when she did not, a search was made for her.
Up to press time, the cause of death had not been ascertained as the forensic work was still being conducted but the death was being treated as unnatural.
Hinds’ distraught mother, Vinette Hinds, said her daughter liked to party and go out but never harmed anyone. Her other children were wailing.One particularly heart-rending moment was when Hinds’ six-year-old son was brought to the scene, amidst murmurs of disapproval from the crowd of onlookers.
The visibly shaken boy was eventually taken away by his father.
Then last night just after 9 p.m., a woman, Rachel Pilgrim, of Halls Road, St Michael, died on the spot on the Princess Alice Highway when a car and three pedestrians were involved in an accident.
The car ran off the road and into the fence at the back of the Nation Publishing Co. Limited.
The three injured women, one of whom was screaming and writhing in pain, were taken away by ambulance for treatment. Two fire tenders responded to the incident and one of the women had to be cut from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life.
Police cordoned off the road from the Sugar Bond to Colgate Pamolive Building.
As news of the accident spread, relatives and loved ones of the deceased and the injured descended on the scene bawling and wailing.
Her mother “Jackie”, with hands outstretched while she cried uncontrollably, said: “Lord, wah happen tuh she?”
Up to press time police were on the scene carrying out investigations.
Earlier yesterday police reported the shooting of two tourists around 2 p.m. in Hincks Street, The City.
The tourists were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.
Investigations are continuing and police are appealing to anyone with information concerning all three cases to contact them at 430-7189 or Crime Stoppers (1-800-TIPS).

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