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Million-dollar problem


Shereece White was killed on April 1. (Photo: Jamaica Observer)

The family of Shereece White, the 21-year-old who was shot dead in Barbados on April 1, is now facing another dilemma: the inability to bring her body home for a proper burial due to financial constraints.

Maureen Johnson, White’s mother, told the Jamaica Observer that she has been informed that it would cost $1 million to bring the body to Jamaica.

The woman said she appealed to the foreign ministry but was told that the ministry doesn’t offer the kind of financial assistance she seeks.

“Poor me, I don’t even know where to start all now, for basically mi nuh live nowhere,” Johnson lamented. “She is the only help I have. She have two children and she go to try help the family.”

She added: “She is my baby and the body will have to come out. I don’t see any money yet or any help.”

White had only been in Barbados a few months when she was killed. Her murder is the latest in a line of tragedy experienced by the family. Prior to this, Johnson lost two sons, one at the hands of gunmen in Kingston. The other drowned at Orange Bay, Portland. Johnson now has four adult children left — two boys and two girls.

Barbados police have charged 37-year-old Junior Willmount with White’s murder, which was committed at an apartment she shared with a friend.

Earlier reports stated that White had just returned home from a club when she was shot.

“Her death has had a great impact because she die and leave two young children — four- and two-year-old daughters — and it has affected her mother bad,” stepfather Elroy Griffiths said. (Jamaica Observer)

7 Responses to Million-dollar problem

  1. Paige Mullin-Payne
    Paige Mullin-Payne April 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I only hope no bajan get into this situation with their families living abroad, that’s her mother, I can feel the pain she is going through just by reading the article, some people can be so unreasonable. Sad at so many of the statements made here.

  2. kelz22 April 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This is an all round sad misfortune, first they were all playing around with the gun she wasnt deliberately murdered. For u ppl to think and expect Barbados gov n ppl the foot the bill of transporting her body back to Jamaica is obsurd. If anything the 2 governments could share the cost and help the mother if they see it fit but don’t act like they obligated to do such. For 1 she wasnt a benefit to our society or islands resources. You ppl need to stop crying down Barbados. Not being harsh just looking at the facts she took a chance to help her family and what happened was unfortunate.

  3. kay April 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    i am sorry to hear of what the mother is face with. i understand how she feels and may God be with her more at this time.

    I would like Julia and Paige to stop talking foolishness. Bajans have had to face the same situations of relative being killed overseas and i dont think you all should be judging your neighbors like that, Julia stop talking foolishness and try and offer the mother sympathy or better yet, some financial assistants.

  4. kelz22 April 18, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Julia all the things u saying about bajans is proven different, if they were try we wouldnt have one of the lowest crime rates in the world or known as the friendliest ppl in the world. Did you read that article yesterday? We are rate in the top 10 most safe countries in the world with a murder rate of 7.4 in every 100,000 people. Where u from? So I can give you your numbers? Bout we jealous hahahaha jealous of f#$king what???? If all you can do is judge when u dont know what the hell is going on keep your blasted judgemental comments to yourself. BARBADOS NOT OBLIGATED TO FUND THE BILL TO TRANSPORT HER BACK TO JAMIACA. POINT F#$KING BLANK.


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