Saturday 17 November, 2018

'Unspeakable act of violence': Churches condemn Yetanya Francis murder

A mourner displays a photo of the late Yetanya Francis at a candlelight vigil held in her honour on Wednesday evening in Arnett Gardens. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

A mourner displays a photo of the late Yetanya Francis at a candlelight vigil held in her honour on Wednesday evening in Arnett Gardens. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid)

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has expressed sadness at what it described as the “savage and vicious death” meted out to young Yetanya Francis in Arnett Gardens last week, adding that it was “an unspeakable act of violence.”

“We will not be able to rid Jamaica of such monster if we are not prepared to speak and act. We urge Jamaicans to rediscover the spirit of community which reflects our inextricable link to each other,” the Council of Churches said in a statement.

“We muct act and must do more to demonstrate that we are each other’s keeper in order to continue to claim even the most basic elements of our humanity,” the JCC continued.

The Council is urging Jamaicans to support its ‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign which invites persons to wear something black in mourning for those who are the victims of abuse, violence and rape, “especially for our women and girls.”

“We also wear black to symbolize the strength and courage that will propel us to individual and collective action to rid Jamaica of this scourge,” the JCC added.

Yetanya went missing shortly after she went to a nearby shop to buy food around 9:00 pm on the night of August 23. Her partly burnt body with chop wounds was found the next morning close to a church. It is suspected that she was raped and then strangled before her body was set alight.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has joined Jamaicans in condemning the vicious killing of the Kingston Technical High School student and has pledged $200,000 towards her funeral. He has pledged a further $100,000 to Crime Stop as he urged those with information to come forward to assist the police in their investigations.

At the same time, Mark Golding, Member of Parliament for St Andrew Southern where the violence-plagued Trench Town community is located, has pledged $300,000 to Crime Stop as he too has urged residents to assist the police in their investigations.

For the latest news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS.