Yesterday [June 21] a garden at the Arboretum in Devonshire was dedicated to the memory of 18-year-old Malcom Outerbridge, who was murdered last year. The young Bermudian previously worked with the Parks Department, and was killed just weeks after he returned to the island from a Raleigh International expedition to Borneo.
Public Works Minister Michael Weeks attended the ceremony and said, “The park behind me has been dedicated to the memory of young Mr Outerbridge. He was a summer student here from 2007 – 2011, and from what I am made to understand, his infectious attitude and willingness to learn was a true inspiration to other staff members.”
Former Anglican Bishop Ewen Ratteray delivered the prayer, before the ribbon to “Malcolm’s Garden” was cut by Malcolm’s sister Malcishia Outerbridge, while Malcolm’s parents Malcolm Sr and Kaywell Outerbridge looked on.
There is an plaque at he garden, carrying the inscription: “Dedicated in Honour of the Memory of Malcolm Outerbridge. 9th April 1993 – 28th October 2011. Who was employed as a summer student with the Department of Parks in the summer of 2010 and he was also a student volunteer during 2010 and 2011. In his honour we name this garden after him as he greatly assisted the Crew at the Arboretum with the building of this garden. Gone but surely not forgotten.
Malcolm’s mother expressed special thanks to Roger Parris and Craig Burt from the Parks Department, and all the Parks staff for their efforts, saying her son would be pleased by garden.
On 28 October 2011, police and paramedics responded to a stabbing at the Warwick Railway Trail. The 18-year-old had been seriously injured, and was rushed to the hospital via ambulance where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
On 2 November 2011 a 15-year-old teenager was charged with the murder, with his trial due to take place this year.