November 6, 2020 may never be erased from Merl McMaster’s mind.
It is the day she lost her husband, Everton McMaster Jr. who died of gunshot wounds after being attached shortly 3pm directly opposite the Church of God Holiness and within close proximity to his home in Baugher’s Bay, Tortola
“Yesterday was the first time I came there to put this up,” she said, referring to the wreaths and décor for the candlelight vigil held on Sunday 16 November 2020.
She continued: “Today is the second time. Whenever I want to go to town I make the other way because it is heartbreaking, it’s heartbreaking.”
McMaster recalled that on the day of the shooting, she had just left home.
“I wasn’t around – I stepped out. At about 14 minutes after I left home I got the news, I was in town,” she recounted.
According to McMaster, she was picking up mail from the Post Office when she got the dreadful news via telephone.
“I was just nervous; I never knew he was dead. I just think that he got a shot and that he would be okay,” she said, fighting to hold back tears.
When asked if she was fearful for her life, she replied: “No, because I am blessed and covered under the almighty father and no weapon formed against me shall be able to prosper.”
She also said she had no clue who would have wanted her husband dead.
“He was a jovial person, always happy; giving, friendly. Even though he doesn’t know the person and I sent them, he would give,” she added.
Recalling her last conversation with her husband, McMaster said: “He was just talking, and it was raining, and when he opened the door to get out the sun came out. So he said “Wha? I open the door, and as I open the door, the sun just come up!” So I told him, “It’s because you are blessed,” and he said, “And highly favoured Merl,” and he went on his way.”
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Hon. Marlon Penn was among dozens of persons in attendance at last night’s vigil.
Hon. Penn added, “He has always been someone who has always lent a helping hand to persons in the community, always very vocal, always very aggressive in going after what he wanted in life and a very caring individual. Despite everything you see, the turn out from of the community shows the level of love and support that they have for him personally and his family. So it’s says a lot about him and his character.”
Penn also described the incident as a ‘tragic’ and ‘unfortunate’ one.
“It is something that we really need to arrest and get our hands on and get under control because it is tearing families apart. As you see the pain on the faces of his wife, his children that was left behind, his mother, his father and all his siblings and cousins who are here came out tonight to support the entire family during this very tragic incident. It is something that is very unfortunate, and the family has to live with now after he is gone,” he said.