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Boy's stabbing death shocks Clark's Town

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 05, 2014    

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CLARK'S TOWN, Trelawny — The Bottom Town community in Clark's Town, Trelawny, is trying to come to terms with the fatal stabbing of 13-year-old Holland High student Jevaughnie Gordon, who was allegedly killed by another teen in the community on Friday night.

Reports are that about 7:45 pm an argument developed between Jevaughnie and his neighbour, a 14-year-old boy, while they were at an entertainment spot in the sugar belt community of Clark's Town.

It is alleged that following the altercation, the 14-year-old left for his home in Bottom Town — a few matres away — and later returned with a knife which he used to stab Jevaughnie in the chest.

The Holland High student reportedly collapsed a few metres from where he was stabbed and was later pronounced dead upon arrival at the Falmouth General Hospital.

Police said last night that the other juvenile, who remained in the police lock-up last night, is expected to be charged with murder later this week.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the depressed Bottom Town area yesterday, residents expressed shock and sadness at the killing.

"It's hard, very hard. We just can't understand why something like this had to happen," said Dawn Dixon, a resident of Bottom Town and a friend of the deceased family.

According to Dixon, the two teens were very good friends.

"They lived almost in front of each other and they were very good friends. Up to Christmas Day the one who (allegedly) did the stabbing shared his Christmas dinner with Jevaughnie," she told the Sunday Observer.

The son of a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jevaughnie graduated from the Clark's Town Primary School last year and was a seventh grade student at Holland High.

Clark's Town resident Trevor Davis said that the youngster was a promising young man and was well loved in his community.

"We are really sad about the whole thing. It is a tragic loss. Jevaughnie had a bright future... it is really unfortunate that his life has been cut short," said Davis, adding that the teenager was a good footballer.

"The community is really taking it very hard; it's a sad day in Clark's Town."

Jevaughnie's mother, Sophia Harvey, was said to be too traumatised to speak with our news team, but her uncle, Fitzroy Gordon, who was among a group of teary-eyed residents gathered in her yard, described Jevaughnie as a very obedient and friendly child. He said that Harvey was taking the death of her son very hard.

"She is not coping well with it. She has been to the doctor and is really, really feeling down at this time. It's really rough on us because he (Jevaughnie) was a really intelligent person, he did not give trouble and was very active in sports," said Gordon.

Jevaughnie's schoolmate Ayesha Thomas, said that the teenager will be sadly missed.

"We used to travel on the same bus going to school in the mornings. He was very humble and likes to give jokes. We really gonna miss him," said Ayesha, who said, she last saw the teenager less than an hour before his untimely death.

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