Arnett Gardens residents urged to end discord
Nikeisha Howell, mother of slain 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, greets her grandmother, Joyce Nelson with a kiss at Nora ‘Jassett’ Gordon’s funeral yesterday.
DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has made an earnest appeal to the community members of Zimbabwe, Arnett Gardens, to be kind to one another in the wake of discord between residents and the family of 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, who was shot and killed in the community on August 6.
Speaking at the funeral service for Moulton’s grandmother, Nora “Jassett” Gordon, at the community centre in Arnett Gardens yesterday, Llewellyn said Gordon, a former employee at her office, would have been heartbroken at the turn of events.
“I want to extend sympathies to the family on their bereavement on the passing of Gordon, and on their bereavement on the passing of her granddaughter [Mickolle]. It is very unfortunate, but speaking personally I’m asking the community, in honour of Jassett, to be kind to each other… Whenever you can give a kind word or do something nice for your neighbour and family, do it, that’s what she would have wanted,” Llewellyn said.
After Moulton’s death, Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited the community and was met by an angry, placard-bearing crowd chanting “murderer” towards Moulton’s mother — Nikeisha Howell — an expression of their outrage about speculation surrounding the teenager’s death.
So angry were the residents that Howell had to be escorted out of the area by police officers. The prime minister also called on the police to spare no effort in investigating the killing of the teen, which also led to widespread condemnation from other government officials including Police Commissioner George Quallo, who said that he was saddened by the incident.
Howell told the Observer that the family was planning to move out of the Arnett Gardens community before the tragedy involving her daughter.
In fact, she had already packed her belongings and was waiting until after her mother’s funeral to leave the community.
She said she had ended up at Gordon’s house in Arnett Gardens because she had fallen on hard times financially and had to look to family members for help. She said that she did not expect the response she received from the community after her daughter’s death.
Llewellyn described Gordon, who died in hospital after an illness, as a “first-class exemplar of what it means to work hard”.
“She opened the office at 5:00 am to the point where one police officer described her as his personal alarm clock. She took her job seriously and took pride in the fact that before the first person came to work she would have the area cleaned.
“She always wore a smile and you could count on her. She was a friend to many in the office and mother to some, particularly the young men in the office. Also known as the kitchen woman in the office, she was like a general in the army in making sure people respected the property of the office and the kitchen by keeping it clean,” Llewellyn said.
Gordon’s funeral was attended by a large contingent from the DPP’s office as well as community and family members who wept openly during the service.
Moulton, as well as her 12-year-old sister, was shot through their bedroom window as they slept. They were taken to hospital where Moulton was pronounced dead and her sister is still admitted.
NO LEADS YET
Meanwhile, no motive has been given for Moulton’s murder, and the police are yet to identify suspects or make an arrest regarding the case.
Commanding officer for the Kingston Western Police Division Howard Chambers has assured that his investigators are pursuing all avenues to arrive at a conclusion to the matter. He said they had collected forensic samples, such as fingerprints and other evidence from the crime scene, which have been sent for testing.