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Ministry dispatches trauma team to Spanish Town High after student's body found in shallow grave

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A trauma team from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information was yesterday sent to Spanish Town High in St Catherine following the murder of a student from the institution.

Reports are that grade 11 student Courtney Sterling was reported missing on Friday night. Following leads, the police found a body with stab wounds to the head on Sunday night, buried face down in a shallow grave in Gordon Pen, St Catherine.

The body was on Tuesday identified as that of the 17-year-old boy.

Principal Bentley Brown says Courtney was a promising student who was scheduled to sit 6 CSEC subjects in May. He was the only son for his parents and also leaves behind two sisters.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid has described Courtney's killing as a heinous act and one that has gripped the school community of Spanish Town High, noting that it is an unpleasant reminder of the crime that threatens the lives of young people in our country.

Reid has extended his sympathy to the parents and family of Courtney as they go through this lurid and devastating period of mourning.

He also expressed condolences to the school community of Spanish Town High who are said to be shock at the teen's death.

Another trauma team will visit the school this morning to offer grief counselling and support.