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Family says something looks ‘suspicious’

Family says something looks ‘suspicious’

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The Chambers family of Glen is hoping that an autopsy that will be done today on Bentley Errol ‘Speeder’ Chambers will help them determine what exactly happened to the 67-year-old man.

The entire family thinks that Chambers, who turned 67 earlier this month and celebrated 35 years of marriage last April, was murdered and someone is trying to make it look like a suicide.

On Sunday morning, June 19, at around 5.30, Chambers, wearing a red shirt and a green pair of pants, was found hanging from the roof of a tent that had been erected on the Calliaqua Playing Field the day before. The tent had a platform set up under it and Chambers’ hands and lower torso were touching the platform, while his feet were barely off the ground.{{more}}

But while the elderly man was found hanging from the neck and persons immediately assumed that it was suicide, his relatives are not supporting this theory, as the way that Chambers was found “looks suspicious” to them.

On Monday, one of Chambers’ daughters, Kelly Chambers, told SEARCHLIGHT that her father had no reason to commit suicide and everyone who was close to him shares the same sentiment. She added that the way her father was hanging looks as if someone put him in that position.

“The way he was is like somebody trying to make a sham. His foot is actually touching the ground, it’s on the ground, just the heel in the back is off the ground a couple inches. To me that’s impossible and I don’t even think that crime occurred there,” said Kelly from her Glen home.

“It’s just like it occurred and they bring him there. This is shocking. I can’t even come to grips with the reality of the situation,” stressed the young woman, who told SEARCHLIGHT that a few hours before he was found dead, Chambers was at home joking around with his granddaughter.

“There was nothing unusual. There was no sign. It’s very traumatic, because of the type of person dad was. He was not deserving of it. I hope if anybody see or hear anything they could come forward. If he was murdered, I wondering who would want to do something like that,” said Kelly.

Chambers’ wife of 35 years, Phyllis, said that they were told that it appeared as if he had died between 4 and 4.30 a.m. The father of three left home around 2 a.m. Sunday and told his wife he was going for a walk.

“… I said to him that it was 2 o’clock in the morning and you see what’s happening now, but he didn’t turn back”.

Phyllis said that she became worried when she saw the time going on 5 a.m. and her husband did not return. At 6 a.m., she went to a neighbour’s house and told them that Chambers had left earlier and had not returned. She said that the neighbour reassured her and told her not to worry, but around 9 that morning, she got the bad news when the police came to their home.

“…when I saw the police, I knew something was wrong”, said Phyllis, who noted that from what she observed, the rope around her husband’s neck was, in her opinion, too loose to hang him. She said that a pair of short pants that did not belong to him was also found around his neck.

“I don’t think that he did that to himself, but I can’t say what happened. If I did get up and meet him dead, it would not have bothered me so, but I don’t like how they find him like that and I ain’t sure what went down…I just feel hopeless,” said Phyllis.

She noted that her husband was an avid walker, who was advised by his doctor to stay out of the sun after he was diagnosed with cataracts. Phyllis said that her husband had taken to walking after the sun had gone down.

Chambers’ son Bentley, who lives in the United States and who arrived in St Vincent on Monday, said that his father was well loved and did not show any signs of being suicidal.

“…He lives with his family…he was well loved; they are here every day and they observed his behaviour and he didn’t display any suicidal tendencies. He was not delirious, he wasn’t despondent, he was not troubled about life. He was happy,” stressed Bentley.

He added, “from the picture I saw, it looked staged. Something malicious happened. I was here two weeks ago and it was his birthday and I stayed an extra week; a lot of people were here and he was saying he was glad to see his children grown. He went to church last week Sunday.

It was absolutely shocking and to me; it’s no way he would have done something like that.”

Bentley described his emotions as mixed.

“I’m sad, angry, perplexed, just a lot of different feelings,” he said.

Chambers was a popular government worker who entered the public service at age 17. After retirement, he worked for seven years at the car park on Bay Street when it was operated by the St Vincent and the Grenadines Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SVGCIC).

He is the second elderly man to be found hanging within a month, as on May 13, Arnos Durrant, a 66-year-old farmer of Lowmans Windward, was found hanging from a tree on a plot of land he farmed. Durrant’s death has been ruled as a suicide. (LC)

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