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A mother’s grief: ‘Melissa was so sweet’

BY KARYL WALKER Online editor

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 1:22 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Marcia Coke is a broken woman. She was at her wits end Tuesday afternoon when she got a call from the Medical Associates Hospital that her 18-year-old daughter, Melissa Thompson, was dead.

Thompson, the second of Coke’s three children, was standing at a bus stop at Half-Way-Tree-Road when the driver of a Toyota coaster mini-bus lost control of the vehicle and ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians.

Thompson and three others were seriously injured but the teenage girl was pronounced dead at hospital.

“She was so sweet and quiet and dedicated to her church”, Coke said as tears flowed down her cheeks.

See more in tomorrow’s Jamaica Observer.

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