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“Daddy, lock the door; I gine out.”

Those were the last words 51-year-old Winston “Dick” Bynoe Jr told his father Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, he did not get back. He was gunned down by two masked men as he sat with a friend, in the next gap, watching a basketball game on television in St Matthias, Christ Church.

The quiet of the community was shattered around 11:30 p.m. when, according to police reports, two masked men entered a gate at the home of Winston’s friend and fired gunshots, causing both the victim and the owner to run for cover. After the commotion, Bynoe was found with a number of gunshot wounds about the body.

He was transported to the Accident & Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by private transportation, but succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

Scores of friends and relatives converged at Block 4C, St Matthias Housing Area yesterday, where he lived with his father, Winston Bynoe Sr., to comfort the family with words of encouragement and hugs.

‘Not a target’


The father said he believed his son, the sixth of seven children, was not the target and perhaps was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“There are places that a lot of us ain’t had no right being there. I don’t know what it was connected to, but when he died he wasn’t in bad company. His life was taken away wrongfully,” he noted.

He said he was not aware of any disputes in which his son was involved.

He also said his son was a talented painter who worked on a number of apartments and hotels across the island, as well at different sugar cane loading stations.

However, he was recently declared medically unfit due to a psychological issue, and was an outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital.

A sister, Margaret Barker, said words could not explain the pain she was experiencing.

“It’s difficult but we are trying to hang in there. When my sister called me and told me about it this morning, I was lost for words. I was devastated and I went numb.”

Barker, who lives in St James, added that her brother was a quiet and innocent person who did not deserve to die in that manner. 

A neighbour, who did not want to be identified, described Bynoe as “a down-to-earth and cool” person.

“He was a really nice man and I feel really bad that he died like this,” she said. (SB)


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