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December 30, 2013
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Mother speaks of US teen's death
Chad Bryan, Star Writer

The mother of the US teen that was murdered near May Pen along with her cousin, while on vacation, is now speaking on what happened and how she came to learn the news, according to an article posted on abclocal.go.com.

While visiting relatives in Jamaica, 19-year-old Franciena Johnson and her cousin were shot and killed just one day after she arrived on the island. Johnson and her 18-year-old cousin, Nadia Fearon, were found floating in a salt marsh near May Pen.

According to the article post, Johnson's mother, Suzette Clarke-Grose, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, was quoted as saying she received the terrible news from her daughter's grandmother.

"She said, 'brace yourself, because your daughter is dead.' I asked what happened and she don't know, she just never came home Friday night. She and Nadia left the house to go to May Pen and she didn't return home," Clarke Grose said.

The police have told the family that they are putting together bits and pieces of evidence to help find the killer. It is believed that someone heard gunshots, which led them to the bodies.

"I was told it appears they kidnapped them in a car and the area where they took them was very lonely. Nobody really knows what happened. They only know that they found them with gunshot wounds to the body," Clarke-Grose explained.

Johnson moved to the US as a child. She eventually went to study nursing at Kingsboro College and her mother is at a losts as to why someone would want to hurt her daughter, concludes the post.

"She was a bubbly and loving girl, that's all I can say. Very respectful. I can't imagine somebody doing something because it's somebody, because its somebody you can't do nothing but love," the mother stated.

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