'Gang henchman' gunned down
Kerwyn Archibald was supposed to have spent the day yesterday with his son, Jahleel Archibald, for his third birthday, but was killed the night before.
Archibald, a contractor who also went by his Islamic name Alim Shabbaz, was shot dead around 8 p.m. on Monday while walking through a track to his Richplain Road, Diego Martin home.
Archibald, alias "Shabby" and "Cocoa Bean", was described by police as a "main henchman" in the Richplain gang. Police said he was involved in many murders in the Western Division, including that of Kirvin Birchwood, who was shot dead on Friday night at Phase 1, Powder Magazine, Cocorite.
Police sources said due to a lack of evidence Archibald was never arrested for any of the crimes attributed to him.
Speaking with the Express yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, relatives of Archibald, 27, said he was a loving man who was envied by those around him.
Archibald's wife Sophia Archibald said she was not aware of her husband's plans for the day since he had not informed anyone of what he was planning for his son's birthday which coincided with his first day at school.
Archibald's uncle Dennis Alexander told the Express that he had just played a game of basketball with his nephew and was at home when he heard about his death. Alexander said his nephew scored the winning point of the game.
His mother Esther Alexander said her son was a loving and intelligent young man.
Police say his murder was gang-related and has pushed the murder toll to 295, according to an Express tally.