So another good person has lost their life here, Kevin "Masud Sadiki" Donovan. One eye-witness account infers that he committed suicide (she doesn't mention a rope in his hand), but hopefully the investigation is ongoing. He died of hanging and no matter how you slice it, it's jarring and sad. He was a very talented Kittitian reggae singer who sang uplifting or consciousness songs. He covered everything from domestic violence in Stitch in Time, to songs about bettering ourselves like in Courage to Change (below). Tourists may know him from his co-hosting gig on The St. Kitts Visitor's Channel. He was also slated to perform in the St. Kitts Music Festival. Unfortunately, he may have fell into an abyss he couldn't see his way out of.
One million people commit suicide each year around the world. While some of them can be talked out of it, many can't. Lots of people tried to help Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston and their deaths were tragic and preventable. They were a form of suicide and there was nothing anyone could do to turn these lost souls away from their paths of destruction. I think the worst thing we could do is to call this man selfish, because while he was here, he was anything but. Honor his memory, don't blame yourself (and then aim it at him), and accept his death while learning from it. He was a good person and we were lucky to have him here for the time we did. Don't sully his memory by judging him now. His positive messages remain words to live by. His sad final action, teaches also. No matter what is going on in our lives, we should reach out for help and accept it - or offer it.
I agree with Ervin Welsh (Positively Inclined): "This was Masud, while many of us moan
and fret about the littlest things like who friend requests us on
Facebook and don't speak to us in person. While we go about our days
making better lives for ourselves and our family only, he changed many
lives and showed how we should live. While responding I am beginning to
think that being this way, this positive, is more taxing on an
individual in a world where it is far easier to be negative and
pessimistic. People like Masud need more encouragement than the rest of
If Masud was murdered, the criminal better have left the island....