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A ST PHILIP man returned home yesterday to the gruesome discovery of his eldest son’s dead body yesterday.   
Robert Andrew Bishop, a resident of Harlington, was in disbelief over the death of his 19-year-old son, Robert Andrew Junior St Pierre, when he spoke to a DAILY NATION team yesterday evening.   
He had previously gone through the ordeal of identifying his son’s body to the police and watching authorities examine the scene.    
“I still can’t grasp what happened here,” he said. 
Bishop, a bulldozer operator for Rayside Construction, said he left for work as usual yesterday morning, leaving St Pierre, who was unemployed, and his 17-year-old brother Rommel Jonathan Bishop at home. 
He said he had a half-day because of the rain so he decided to run some errands before returning. 
“When I came home, I parked and opened the door. That was when I saw blood,” he said. 
Bishop said he initially thought his son had gotten drunk and cut himself but quickly realized there was too much blood for that.   
“I saw the man full of cuts,” he said, still struggling to come to terms with what he saw.   
Bishop said St Pierre, a former St George Secondary student, had helped him build an addition to the house on Monday. He said they spent the day together discussing music and other topics, which made his death all the harder to accept.   
Bishop said his son loved music and car racing, played a “little football” and did not get into trouble.
Mother Sharon St Pierre, a security guard, was too distraught to speak. 
A small crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the scene, braving rain and only dispersed after the body was removed.    
Police reported St Pierre was found at 1:50 p.m and had multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Investigations are continuing.
St Pierre’s death brings to eight the number of murders for the year.  
Last night police public relations officer Inspector David Welch said the force was concerned about the viciousness of any attack that cost loss of life. “One life lost is one life too many,” he said.
Welch stressed that despite such incidents, Barbados was still one of the safest places to live and visit in the Caribbean as it had one of the lowest murder rates. (CA) 

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