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Former mayor’s wife murdered in Falmouth

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:23 AMAdrian Frater
Hyacinthia Wright

Western Bureau:

The town of Falmouth, Trelawny, is now in mourning as residents react to the gruesome murder of businesswoman Hyacinthia Wright, the wife of the late Joseph Wright, who was a former long-serving mayor of Falmouth.

According to police reports, the 76-year-old widow was found dead in a pool of blood in her business place on Trelawny Street shortly after 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

The weapon that took her life was still stuck in her neck when the body was discovered. 

Persons who live in proximity to the store, where Wright sold mostly craft items, were particularly perplexed by her killing because, according to them, they did not hear or see anything unusual before her body was discovered.

“We saw nothing or heard nothing,” a resident told The Gleaner.

“When the alarm went out that she was found dead, it was big a surprise because we never saw or heard anything unusual.”

Since the death of her late husband in October 2013, Wright had hit hard times. In a moving Sunday Gleaner story, published on June 15, 2014, she said her husband’s children had forced her to leave their matrimonial home, which had caused her to be sleeping at the premises where she operated her shop.

"I was their mother away from their (biological) mother. We never had any problem like stepmother and stepchildren usually have ... I saw them as my children," Wright said at the time.

Efforts to contact her stepchildren proved futile as The Gleaner was told that they are all based overseas.