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Mother’s touching tribute to ‘fun-loving son’

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The devastated mother of the young man who died in a bike accident just days before Christmas has paid tribute to her “humble and fun-loving son”.

Lynelle Williams said that her family was struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of her son, Shawn.

The 23-year-old died in the early hours of Sunday morning after losing control of his bike and crashing into a tree on Paynter's Road in Hamilton Parish.

Fighting back the tears, Mrs Williams said: “He was a fun-loving boy.

“He was a family person — he loved his family and had a lot of friends. He was just a very humble person.

“He was a social butterfly and was always over at friends' houses relaxing with them or talking or playing the Play Station.

“He also had a girlfriend; they had been together for eight years.”

Mrs Williams said she last saw her son on Saturday night at around 10pm just before he left to go and visit a friend.

“It has been very traumatic,” she added. “We are just coping and taking one day at a time.”

Mr Williams was born and grew up in Crawl, Hamilton Parish before the family moved to Ord Road in Paget.

He attended Paget Primary and Sandys Secondary Middle School.

He was later home-schooled and then travelled to Arizona to complete his GED.

Mr Williams had been a popular and highly respected houseman at Tucker's Point Golf Villas since 2011.

His boss, general manager, Buddy Fleming, described Mr Williams as a model employee.

He said: “Shawn would always look to go above and beyond what was expected of him. He showed such commitment to his job that people at the villas left him gratuities.

“He was hugely appreciated by the guests and very popular with his colleagues.

“Right now we are all in shock. It's been very emotional. We are a small team and Shawn was a big part of that team.

“I could not have hoped for a better member of staff. Shawn was a charming, energetic, bright and fun-loving young man.

“He wanted to be the best man possible for his girlfriend, Chelsea, and the rest of his family. He really had such a bright future ahead of him.”

Police continue to appeal for information on Mr Williams' whereabouts before the crash in a bid to piece together his last movements.

Anyone with information should contact the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.

Shawn Williams leaves behind his father Shawn Williams (senior), his mother Lynelle, brother Shaquan and girlfriend Chelsea Raney.

Much loved: Shawn Williams, above, was ‘hugely appreciated' by guests at Tucker's Point and ‘a big part of the team', said his boss, Buddy Fleming (Photo courtesy Buddy Fleming)
Memorial: Friends and family have left photographs at the scene of Shawn Williams's accident, in Hamilton Parish

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Published December 24, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 24, 2014 at 8:29 am)

Mother’s touching tribute to ‘fun-loving son’

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