On the ninth day following the murder of Kemisha Wright and her four children by cousin Rushane Barnett, a candlelight vigil was held in the Cocoa Piece Community in Clarendon on their behalf. The deceased’s family, friends of the deceased, police personnel, and citizens across the island who are also mourning and wanted to share their support turned up in droves.
In a YouTube video posted by Lasanik Reid, it can be seen where the residents are gathered, at times blocking the road and making it hard for vehicles to pass, singing hymns and celebrating the life once held dear by the victims who are no longer with us.
A post about the vigil earlier in the day was also made by The Jamaica Gleaner on Youtube featuring members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for the Clarendon Division Glenford Miller shared with onlookers his thanks for everyone who cooperated with the investigation and spoke about the death penalty served to the accused. A member of the team also did a prayer to show support.
Robert Nesta Morgan, the MP for Clarendon North Central, knew the victim personally and said that he is not someone who supports the death penalty but in a situation like this, the accused and guilty should not be allowed the same courtesy as to escape the penalty.
The comment section of the post was filled with well-wishers who could not make it to the candlelight but wanted to participate in some way.
Watch highlights from the event below.