Three bodies were found at a home in Free Hill, St Ann, on Monday morning, leaving relatives distraught and the community stunned as residents try to come to terms with the death of a mother, her son and a third individual.
Early Monday morning the bodies of 46-year-old Antria Rattray who is a cook employed at the St Ann Municipal Drop-in Centre in Ocho Rios; her 13-year-old son, Mykah Bonitto; and a 50-year-old man name Lawrence Badall were reportedly discovered with several wounds, including slashed throats.
The horrific discovery was made by Rattray’s other teenage son who was said to be asleep in another room of the house.
The mystery of their death has driven residents to formulate their own theories of what happened inside of the house. Among the speculations, persons are theorizing that the incident might be a double murder-suicide. Other residents, taking into account the multiple wounds inflicted on the bodies, dismissed that theory. A third theory outlines that there might have been a struggle or an altercation leading up to the tragedy being that Rattray’s cell phone and tablet were reportedly shattered.
According to reports from The Gleaner, Antonette Hudson, Rattray’s close friend for over a decade, tried to call her shortly before 9:00 a.m. and naturally assumed Rattray was busy when the call went unanswered.
Hudson, who was later shocked when she received word of the tragedy, told The Gleaner that she was at a loss for words as it was all “very heart-wrenching” and “traumatizing”. Hudson also subsequently explained that she “dropped everything” she was doing when she received the horrible news and went to the scene to see it all with her own eyes.
Further on, she detailed that they both would call each other almost every night and sometimes while on the way to work in the mornings. Recounting that she called Rattray at exactly 8:41 a.m. that morning, Hudson added that she once again got no response. Thinking that Rattray was either busy or already on her way to work with the signal fluctuating as it usually does, she believed her friend would return the call when she saw the missed calls. However, the call Hudson received was one she never imagined.
Speaking to The Gleaner, Rattray’s Aunt, Jennifer Wilson-Campbell explained that her family is deeply shaken by the tragedy as they were already in the process of burying her brother who died on July 3. She described the bond she had with Rattray saying she was just like her “daughter” and she is still in disbelief of their deaths.
Wilson-Campbell went on to add that her nephew living overseas called her and told her about the deaths. Wilson-Campbell lives in the nearby community in Lillyfield and he requested her to visit the home to confirm the tragedy.
Investigators are trying to uncover the mystery surrounding their death but are unable to theorize a possible motive at this time.