Killed over phone ... Clarendon vendor murdered by teen
President of the May Pen Vendors Association, Lorraine Green Mason, has described the death of a 40-year-old vendor Jacqueline Graham as a sad day for vendors.
Graham was stabbed in the May Pen market yesterday when a 16-year-old youth tried to take her phone. She resisted and was stabbed multiple times. Graham was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injury.
"I am deeply moved. I am disgruntled. I am disheartened. It's a sad situation. It's a sad day for Jamaica," she said.
Green also expressed anger at what she termed "anti-vending situation". Graham was reportedly selling her goods at the side of the road but was forced to beat a hasty retreat into the market after she was approached by the municipal police.
"They were chased further down in a secluded area and that is when the gentleman preyed on her. It's a sad day. I have been begging for security for the person within the market," Green said. According to Green she has been begging for security within the market and has not got anywhere.
She also shared that last week a meeting was held at the Parish Council with the Mayor, the police and other stakeholders with the matter being raised about security.
"Seven days later and someone is dead because of inadequate security in the market," she said.
Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh, while expressing sadness at the death of Graham, said the municipal police must do their jobs and that all vending should be done in the market.
He confirmed that a meeting was held with the subject of security being brought up.
"The incident that took place right in the middle of the day can't be attributed to lack of light. It's just a matter that we have thieves and extortionist in operation. It's really unfortunate," the mayor said.
Green said the vendors are living in fear and many have foregone the opportunity to make further sales by leaving the market early.