We are all upset - Says relative of woman killed in murder/suicide

January 25, 2016
Contributed Lance Corporal Junior Wallace
Contributed Junior Wallace and Christina Dawkins in happier times.
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The relatives of Christina Dawkins are still trying to come to terms with the reality that their loved one is gone from their lives and never coming back.

The pain of losing such a promising, young, and loving soul is too much to bear, especially considering the manner in which she was went.

Dawkins, 30, was killed by her husband, Junior Wallace, 35, a lance corporal in the Jamaica Defence Force, in an apparent murder/suicide at their home in Park Hall, Trout Hall, Clarendon, on Saturday night. Police say the soldier shot his wife in the face and shoulder about 8:10 p.m. before shooting himself. A Glock pistol was removed from the scene.

"I am angry, the family is hurt and we are all upset over this tragic incident," said Dawkin's uncle, Vincent Temple. "That's what we are feeling right now more than ever."

He described his niece as a fun-loving, very ambitious, and independent young woman. "She was very jovial, family oriented, she loved her family very much. She is also a person who gets along easy with anyone and is quite sociable."

Traumatised

Temple said the final-year University of Technology student was pursuing a degree in quantity surveying and was supposed to start her internship this month.

There is much concern for the couple's 10-year-old son, who, from all indications, is as traumatised as the rest of the family. Although not at home at the time, the child appears to understand what happened.

"He loved his mother very very much. He loved his father too, but when his mother is around he tends to cling to her more so he must be devastated," said Temple.

Dawkins, originally from Mount Hindmost in Pennants some miles away, moved to live with her husband in his community. Relatives say they have been together for 11 years, married for 10, and were planning to celebrate their 10th anniversary next March.

"When they are around us they were loving, they always go out together and do stuff together," said Temple. He did not know much about them when not in the company of the family.

Yesterday huge clouds hung over the community as if to mimic the sombre mood. One resident said she has never seen anything like this happening in the area so all of the community is grieving.

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