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US offers 'deep and sincere condolences' to slain constable's family

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

In an unprecedented move, the Government of the United States (US) says it empathises with the family of Jamaican police constable, Crystal Thomas, who was shot dead on Tuesday in Kingston, while on her way from work.

The US government has also pledged to "stand with the Government of Jamaica against lawless criminals".

In a statement, the US Embassy to Jamaica said it was offering its “deep and sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Constable Thomas, who lost her life in the line of duty”.

It said Constable Thomas’ “bravery and quick action saved many lives and demonstrated her dedication to her country and to protecting her fellow citizens.”

“At 24-years-old, she exemplified the code of the Jamaica Constabulary Force: Serve, Protect and Reassure”, read the statement.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, has heaped commendations on Jamaica’s security forces.

“Everyday law enforcement officers across Jamaica step into the line of duty. I commend these officers and know they will continue to carry their duties professionally and justly.”

He added that “tragically, all too many officers as well as everyday Jamaicans have lost their lives to this senseless violence."

It is the first time in recent memory that a foreign mission has commented on the death of a member of the security forces.

The policewoman was shot and killed as she challenged gunmen who were robbing a bus along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

She was a passenger.

Thomas was reportedly shot three times and thrown from the bus onto the side of the road.