Wah Coulda Possess a Man…?

What was once a happy family…
(Photo from Jamaica Observer)

Like alla y’all, I’m shocked.

I don’t know the circumstances, I don’t know what was going through that guy’s mind, but that story is just sad. In case you have no clue what I’m referring to: a man killed his two daughters and then committed suicide, but read for yourself:

Jamaica Observer version here and the Jamaica Gleaner version over here.

Yesterday I heard a discussion on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines with Dionne Jackson-Miller and a psychiatrist (I think–didn’t catch his name) about the effects of alcohol on mental health and putting Risk Management steps in place to stem problems associated with the use of alcohol. Now I don’t know if this man became an alcoholic, or was drunk at the time or why he would do this, and while I don’t condone the act in the least, I would much rather like to know what could have possibly been going through his mind.

If you read the news stories you will find that a break up took place, and that can certainly affect someone’s mind. This however begs the question: Did his common law wife notice a disturbing trend? Were dangerous things said to her by this man? She get rich and switch? Found a new man? We don’t know, she hasn’t said, and she’s probably only concerned about grieving her two daughters right now.

All I’m saying is, this is a tragedy, and it’s easy to point at the man and judge, but who knows why he did what he did? Not like we can ask him why either. Yes he was wrong, no doubt about that, but there’s usually more to the story than meets the eye.

This just points to the fact, that it’s the last days, Jesus a come! If yuh neva believe before, you better believe now! Gotta get our houses in order.

I’m not a big fan of certain genre of music, and the video below would usually fall in that bracket, but due to how the lyrics are super conscious and relevant, its been one of my favourites for several years now, and in a way, speaks to the current situation.

Baby Cham – “Conscience”

Pray for the families involved in this tragedy. It could have been any of us. The worst part about it is, sadly, this kind of thing will most likely (God forbid) happen again. Help us Jesus.


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