They took away the heart of my family last May 6

Tuesday, May 06, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

I have lost the love for a place I loved so deeply, the land of my birth, where I lived for the first 27 years of my life. I was extremely proud to tell everyone I met where I was from. I would tell my friends, co-workers, and schoolmates that the place to vacation was Jamaica. I was a proud Jamaican until the night of May 6, 2013 when I received that dreaded phone call no one wants.

That night someone, a vile, cruel person, murdered my dad. My dad was brutally murdered on Diana Drive in Vineyard Town, Kingston 3, Jamaica, an area he knew extremely well. He was stabbed and left to die alone in his car after an honest, hard day's work. To date the murderer(s) have not been found and brought to justice. What does that say about solving crimes and the justice system in Jamaica? What is being done to resolve this huge problem in the country? Is the Jamaican Government assisting the police by providing the equipment required to aid in the solving of crimes? For example: DNA testing equipment, fingerprint database, and witness protection.

With technology being advanced daily, Jamaica seems to be stagnant or moving backwards. I believe that is why people will continue to commit crime in Jamaica. They know they will not get caught; as no one will say anything, and nothing will be done to solve it because the country lacks the necessary resources for crime-solving.

Is my family supposed to live with the fact that in a country, or even a community so small, no one heard or even saw a murder being committed? No one heard or overheard the murderer(s) talking about what they did? I fail to believe that.

I admit, though, that the bottom line is people are afraid to come forward and disclose information to the police. Is that what Jamaicans have been deduced to; living in fear? The murderer(s) took away the heart of my family. My dad was the most hard-working, generous, gentle, and kind-hearted person I knew. The only reassurance we have is that my dad is in a better place. My family and I continue to go through a difficult period in our lives. I never thought our family would be the victim of a crime, especially an unsolved crime.

C Angella Henry

canghenry@yahoo.com

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