Tears and screams swept the usually quiet community of Arcadia in St Thomas this week as family members, neighbors and friends mourned the death of 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett, whose body was found inside her boyfriend's home.
Barrett's body was found in a pool of blood about 12:30 p.m. yesterday by friends who noticed her strange disappearance since Christmas Day.
Ranae Johnson, Barrett's best friend and one of the three girls who found her, recounted the tragic happenings of the past 24 hours.
"We went to church yesterday morning. Church ended about 4 p.m. She had agreed to help me to comb someone's hair after, but she didn't show up," she said.
Johnson stated that about 5 o'clock that evening, she received a call from her friend's boyfriend.
"Him seh: 'Yu see you. This a guh be one Christmas weh yu a guh remember'," she recalled, adding that he ended the call before she could have responded.
Johnson said she suspected the man was threatening her because, according to her, he believed she knew Barrett was "doing things".
Johnson immediately began calling Barrett's phone, but in futility.
Johnson and friends became very concerned about her whereabouts after she did not turn up for church that night. This lead them searching more for Barrett after realizing that she wasn't at her parents' house. We decided to go to the boyfriend's house, where she spends most of her time.
"I knew something was wrong". One person from the search team bravely went up and peep through a hole in the house only to see her laying on the floor, motionless in the dark.
A man, who later forced entry into the house, confirmed their fears of Barrett, lying face down in a pool of blood.
"Mi tell her fi leave him and leave up there long time because him always beat her and threaten her and she swear to mi seh she done wid him. But den she tell me he kept calling her and crying. She tell me that he is going through a lot, but I knew he was just trying to soften her up," said Johnson.
Barrett and her friend Johnson did everything together.
Barrett is said to be the second of her parents' four children.
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