Harmony native caught in crossfire while in Jamaica
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:40 AM
David Barnes, a native of Harmony, was killed in Jamaica on Saturday, June 1, when he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in western Jamaica. Family members shared that he loved Jamaica and was visiting family friends there when the incident occurred.
It appears that Barnes was in a store when police confronted gunmen who were trying to commit a robbery.
Barnes was the son of Donna and the late Richard Barnes of Harmony. He graduated from Harmony High School in 1978 and married Michelle Prinsen, another area native, in 1981, before moving his family to Kenosha, Wis., where he started Cost Cutters and Supercuts Salons.
Family members have shared that he was a kind and generous man, giving of himself and financing many projects through the Boys and Girls Club in Kenosha as well as the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce.
According to his family, written in his obituary, Barnes "was a believer in giving back to the community, and that is what he did in so many ways. His various board memberships and committee involvements in many different organizations were a true testament to who he was."
Also noted was that Barnes loved to travel and Jamaica had a special place in his heart. He stayed busy working in the yard, attending to his beautiful flowers and landscaping. He also enjoyed spending quality time on the lake, boating and grilling out.
"He had a very kind soul and people were always better off after they met him. David was a perfect husband, father and friend to those who met him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him," his family also shared in his obituary. "In Dave's life, the most important thing to him was spending time with family and friends, especially his wife, Michelle. His heart was filled with kindness and generosity."