Jamaica News, February 19, 2018
St James, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – St James High School Student Murder: as the school community at the St James High School in Montego Bay mourns the brutal slaying of one of their Eighth-grade student and classmate, the school community was joined by several representatives from the ministry of education, who offered counselling and comforting sessions to several of her classmates who broke down.
Vice Principal of the school, Yvonne Panther told Mckoy’s News that 14-years-old Tianna Clarke was a very promising student who was always willing to assist her classmates in any way possible. The Vice Principal said she remembered speaking to young Tianna recently and encouraging her to continue the good work.
Miss Genus Watson, Tianna’s form teacher broke down in tears after she tried to give her remembrance of the teenager.
Miss Watson stated that Tianna was a goal-oriented student who was always willing to work and willing to learn. Several of her 8-grade classmates who learnt of her demise just this morning broke down in tears and wept openly. Several of them had to be removed from the classroom and given immediate counselling by the Ministry of Education Counselling team.
In the meanwhile, investigators stated that the prime suspect who was taken into custody in connection with the gruesome murder of the 14-years-old girl is presently still being interrogated.
Also, upon the Mckoy’s News team visiting the community a mild smoke was still seen coming from the burnt down house, formerly owned and occupied by the suspect who was picked up in downtown Montego Bay on Sunday morning, February 18.
St James High School Student Murder: As the gruesome saga unfolds, mother of the slain child, Valisha Vidal, stated that Tianna came to her shortly after 8:00 pm on Friday, February 16 and asked her for some money to help her purchase a cup noodle soup at a neighbouring shop. Ms Vidal further stated that she gave the money to her daughter and she left for the shop.
Several hours passed and she noticed that it was getting late and Tianna did now return, so she thought she had gone by her father’s house. The mother said she fell asleep but when she awoke later that night and discovered that the 14-year-old had still not returned home she got very concern as to the whereabouts of her daughter.
At daybreak, on Saturday morning she made contact with the child’s father and he informed her that he did not see Tianna that night. She contacted the shop operators, who also stated that they never saw her daughter on Friday night. The broken mother said she immediately went to the Granville police station and made a report that Tianna was missing.
St James High School Student Murder: On her way back home a close friend informed her that residents in the area had stumbled upon a body in an abandoned building close to her house, and they believe that it was her daughter Tianna.
The mother said that she completely broke down, and after running to the location, she was barred from looking at her daughter, by police officers who had already reached the location.
Investigators stated that upon arrival they discovered the child lying in a pool of blood, in a nude state with multiple stab wounds all over her body. A section of her head seemed to have been bashed in and a plastic bag was placed over her head.
Ms Vidal told our news team that, her daughter was a well-behaved girl and very quiet. She further stated that she was an asthmatic patient so she is not the one to linger on the road at nights.
Following the discovery of her body, angry community members went to the Bottom Fuller community, in the parish, where they set fire to the house which was occupied by the suspect. The house and all its contents were completely destroyed.