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Johnson Smith expresses sadness over death of Jamaicans in Italy

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 11:08 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith - File photo

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has expressed sadness and has conveyed condolences over the death of a Jamaican-Italian family in the European country.

Cristian Cecala, his Jamaican-born wife, Dawna Munroe, and their nine-year-old daughter Crystal, who was also born in Jamaica, were among 43 casualties of a collapsed bridge in Genoa, Italy on August 15.

Johnson Smith stated that, “We recognise that this is a most tragic and traumatic incident and we continue to pray for all the families and the country of Italy during this difficult period of national mourning.”

Johnson Smith further said that, “Although we are only commenting on the matter of the Cecala family now, the Ministry has been communicating with relatives through our Ambassador as well as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Rome and has offered support. We are, however, mindful of certain sensitivities surrounding the event and must always act responsibly and in ways that are in the best interest of the families.”

The bodies of the three members of the family were among the last to be recovered from the scene of the accident, where a section of a bridge on the main highway linking Italy with France collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa, during a violent storm.

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that representatives of both families are currently in Italy and that in light of the Italian citizenship of the family the Italian Government has taken charge of the situation and has assigned a Red Cross Representative to provide additional support.

The Ministry said it will provide further information to the public, as the family may deem appropriate.

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