Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Spanish Town High School in St Catherine was left in gloom yesterday following the discovery of the decomposing body of 16-year-old student Shanique Hazel.
"We are saddened by the news that the student who went missing has been found gruesomely murdered," said principal, Clayton Hall. "It is even worse as it is not the first in recent times that a female student has been murdered."
A number of students expressed shock at the murder of their schoolmate, noting that Shanique was a popular athlete who played rugby and netball.
Shanique, who was of a Hampton Drive address in Hampton Green, Spanish Town, was last seen alive exactly one week earlier.
Residents stumbled upon her remains near the El Prado Housing Scheme about noon yesterday and called the police.
Scores of residents, including relatives of the deceased, soon gathered at the scene.
"She just would not hear when I talk to her. All she had to do was behave herself as she just start living with me," lamented Tenece-Ann Blair, her aunt.
Residents wept openly as the news spread throughout the community.
"No teenager can't tell me that them going outside whenever them feel like as a pure sadness this," said Marlene Nesbeth.
The police said Shanique's throat had been slashed and she appeared to have been raped.
Police personnel used the discovery to implore parents to be vigilant with their children.
The Spanish Town police are investigating.