Farmer killed on Jonas Road

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One month after celebrating 24 years of marriage, Jessica Ollivierre will have to plan her husband’s funeral after he was discovered in a pool of blood on Thursday, in what police believe was a robbery gone wrong.
Carlos Ollivierre, also known as “Kung-Fu” or “Caneman,” a farmer who sells his produce at a booth on Jonas Road, was discovered where he plied his trade at approximately 8 p.m. by family members who had gone in search of him because he had not returned home at his customary time.
The death of the 51 year old has left his wife, two adult children, Horaceson and Allison Ollivierre, and his extended family stricken with grief.
“It has not been easy. It hits the most when I’m at home alone and the reality hits that this person you have lived with for all these years is gone and never coming back. We were always together; we talked, laughed and planned to do more with our lives. All of that was taken away. It’s a dream. It is not real,” Jessica said.
She recalled Carlos as a family man who was determined to make his family comfortable.
The widow said the carpenter turned to farming over a decade ago and the couple had plans to extend their Golden Grove home and also the farm.
Jessica said when Carlos repeatedly suffered praedial larceny of his young coconuts, the farmer decided that he would harvest the crop early and bottle the water for sale.
“He is a very hard-working man. No work was ever too hard for him to do; he was driven and determined to make a living,” Jessica said. “He bought the bottles for the coconut water, he bought the freezer and now he is gone. Just like that.”
The woman’s brother-in-law, her nephew, and daughter went in search of Carlos.
Allison “Nikki” Ollivierre, the farmer’s only daughter, said when she journeyed to the Jonas Road booth to do a welfare check on her father who had not returned at his usual 5 p.m. routine, the bereaved woman said she never imagined she would meet him dead.
“When I went up there I met my uncle and cousin and they said he was in there dead,” Allison said, describing her father as kind-hearted, generous, nice, energetic and a reserved man who was never in any dispute with anyone.
Police said the farmer was found with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to the upper back and right forearm.
The police are asking anyone with information about this murder to contact the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 462-3913/14.
Residents and commuters reported seeing Carlos after 4 p.m. before learning he had been killed. He migrated to Antigua from his native St. Vincent 26 years ago.
The farmer planted cane, coconuts, potatoes, yams, dasheen, bananas, corn and tomatoes.
Jessica and Carlos celebrated their wedding anniversary on February 13.

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