On a day when he was expected to be celebrating his 10th birthday, Kadeem’s parents are instead saddened and in grief as they begin plans for his burial.
It was late Monday morning when news started to spread that police had found the remains of Kadeem who had been reported missing on Saturday evening, after being asked to go to the nearby shop to buy a few supplies for the home.
Little did his mother know that that would have been the last time she would see her son, who today, the day when his body was discovered, would have been celebrating his 10th birthday.
His young and lifeless body was stacked away in bushes in the village of Half Way Tree, not too far away from his home.
Most Kittitians had awoken on Monday hearing that the juvenile was missing but there was much hope that he would be quickly found alive and well. No one had any reason to believe that he was already dead. His body was actually discovered with the assistance of K9 dogs that had been part of the search party.
At this time, police are reporting that they have not yet seen any clear evidence of foul play but also indicated that they have not ruled out such possibility, but that they prefer to await the results of the autopsy.
Many amongst the large crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the scene on Monday were joined by others on local radio, expressing their outrage at the demise of the former student of the Tyrell Williams Primary School.
Tears were visible on the faces of Kadeem’s family members, especially his mother, who found great difficulty in coming to grips with the dreadful death of her son.
Despite the uncertainty of the cause of death, pending the autopsy, there were those who allowed their own conclusions to suspect that the boy met his death at the hands of others who elected to do him harm. This though has not been confirmed by the police.
Already the national discussion has shifted to the increasing levels of homicides in the country, with some wondering when all of this violence end.
The man who is hoping to become the parliamentary representative for the area, Mr. Lindsay Grant of the People’s Action Movement, added his voice to the issue, first wishing that the boy would be found alive and later, expressing sadness.