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Botham Shem Jean remembered in London

VIGIL: Londoners gather to pay their respects to Botham Shem Jean

MORE THAN 100 St Lucians held a candlelight vigil in Hackney, London, in memory of the tragic death of Botham Shem Jean, the man who was shot in his apartment by a Texas police officer earlier this month.

Jean, 26, died from gunshot wounds after Amber Guyger fired her weapon at him. She said that she mistook his apartment for her own and believed he was an intruder.

The incident has attracted global attention and widespread calls for justice for Jean, who was originally from St Lucia.
Among those paying tribute to the young man and hoping for justice are the London-based St Lucian community.

Last week Friday, more than 100 members of the community gathered to remember Jean in London.

Grace Felix-Duplessis (Les Belles Femmes Charity), Michel Wilson, Mandy Preville-Findlay, DJ Mikey Afrique, young St Lucian natives and organisers of the event, movingly expressed that the gathering stood “in solidarity with Botham’s family and friends and all those families who have suffered loss especially from the hands of those who are expected to protect us”.

In a statement, the organisers said: “We want the world to know that Botham’s life meant much to his family and friends and that his untimely death means the world is a lesser place.”

The vigil was attended by Fr Ignatius Cetoute, a St Lucian Roman Catholic priest who lead prayers for the bereaved family and the peaceful rest of the soul of Jean.
Friends and family members used the two-and-half hour session to pay tribute to Jean between interludes of solemn music and poems.

The organisers behind the vigil said: “Friday 14 September 2018 was certainly a show of St Lucian solidarity over the senseless and tragic death of a loving soul – Botham Shem Jean.”

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