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St Thomas community urged to help police solve Kayalicia case

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 12:54 PM

There are calls for residents of the St Thomas community where a 14-year-old girl was murdered yesterday to work with the police to solve the crime.

The calls have come from the education ministry, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and the Child Development Agency (CDA).

The body of Kayalicia Simpson of Newlands Housing Scheme in St Thomas was found early yesterday morning with several chop wounds.

She was reportedly attacked as she used an outdoor bathroom facilities to get ready for school.

The OCR says it finds the report troubling and calls on citizens who may have any information regarding her death to report to the Police without delay.

The CDA says the fact that this murder comes such a short time after the killing of several youngsters since the start of 2015, is an indication that communities need to deepen cooperation with State agencies to curb and eliminate violence against children.

The CDA says its first responders are on the ground in St Thomas providing counseling and other forms of support to those directly affected by the vicious act.

And the education ministry says its regional office dispatched a trauma team to the school to provide grief counselling for students and staff.