Family of Khajeel Mais cancels peace march ahead of delayed X-6 murder trial
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The family of Khajeel Mais, the Kingston College student who was killed allegedly by the driver of a BMW X-6, has called off a peace march that was planned for this morning.
The march, which was to start at the National Heroes Circle and end at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, was to draw attention to the long delay in commencing the trial of Mais' alleged killer, businessman Patrick Powell.
The murder trial is scheduled to start in the Home Circuit Court today after several postponements.
The 17-year-old student was shot and killed in July 2011 after the taxi in which he travelling collided with a BMW X-6.
IN PHOTO: Patrick Powell being led into a police vehicle after a court session
The driver of the SUV then reportedly got out of the car and fired one bullet into the taxi hitting Mais who was a passenger heading to his school ball.
In a video message posted on Facebook last evening, Kimberly Mais, the sister of the schoolboy confirmed that the peace march, dubbed 'Justice for Khajeel Mais', had been cancelled.
"There would be implications if we go ahead and proceed with the walk. So as not to jeopardise the case we have taken the stance not to have the walk done tomorrow (today)," Kimberly said.