The island’s latest homicide victim, 27-year-old Seame ‘Chem’ Cherry, aka Snake Oil, of Corinth, Gros Islet, survived a previous shooting and may have been attempting to change his life, relatives have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
Cherry, a father of three children and with a fourth reportedly on the way, was shot four times in Piat, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet this morning around 2:00, and pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital.
Shortly after his death, relatives told SNO that they are not sure if the previous shooting has any connection with his murder.
They however revealed that the bullet from that previous shooting was still lodged inside his body and he told them it reminded him every day that he will need to change his life.
“He wanted to change his life… he was changing his life… a little too late,” one cousin, who wish to remain anonymous told SNO.
Our newsroom was told that Cherry grew up with his grandmother and that his mother, a diabetic, is currently living in the United States. They are worried that news of his death will plunge her into a deadly coma.
“We do not know how to do this one (tell her the news),” another relative said.
Cherry, a former Castries Comprehensive Secondary School student, was reportedly expelled for bad behaviour, and the absence from his mother’s care may have contributed to his involvement in the “wrong company”.
“He was a good father to his children. He was on the path to change. Rest in peace Mr. Dawg,” a friend told SNO.
Cherry was attending a remembrance party last evening in Piat for a friend who was killed in January when a gunman, whom sources say was not invited to the party, shot multiple times.
It is alleged that Cherry and the suspect had a long-running dispute.
However, friends told SNO Cherry is not the type to look trouble and he was loved by everyone.
“He was a cool fella.. crack jokes.. drink, on our vibe. We don’t look for trouble,” one friend said.