- Forensic evidence to decide
Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
Crime sleuths and other top investigators in the Jamaica Constabulary Force are now pursuing forensic evidence to determine who is responsible for the gruesome death of 20-year-old Shantel Aria Wright, otherwise called ‘Tishel’, and ‘Shanti’ Data Entry Clerk at the Sav-la-Mar Police Station and of Brown Bush, Little London, Westmoreland.
Shanti, who was reported missing on Thursday morning, was reportedly last seen in the company of a senior police officer who allegedly dropped her home after she left from her mother’s bar, which was hosting a party on Wednesday.
A search party comprising police personnel and citizens subsequently conducted a search, during which time her body was found on Friday lying on its back in a cane field, with what appeared to be stab wounds to the neck and her face bashed in.
The news of Shanti’s death sparked a mass road block of the Little London main road, which leads to the resort town of Negril, by angry relatives and residents who are calling for the senior officer to be interrogated in relation to her death.
The Police High Command has since reassigned the senior police officer, in whose presence she was allegedly last seen, in a bid to facilitate transparency. The officer is said to be cooperating fully with the investigation.
The High Command has also indicated that based on allegations surrounding the senior police officer, it has engaged the services of the Independent Commission of Investigation, INDECOM, to partner with the investigating team.
In the meantime, Shanti would have celebrated her twenty first birthday on Monday (June 19) was a popular social media personality and her pages have been “blowing up” with tributes and several persons posting messages condemning the killing. As well as birthday wishes.
Dancehall artiste Khago also released a song in tribute to Shanti, while dancehall icon Ninja Man also condemned the killing of women and girls via YouTube.
Shanti’s distraught mother, a tearful Carol Williams, while bemoaning the loss of her daughter, told the Western Mirror that: “I know am going to get my just reward from God. I wish somebody would just bring her back and she would say: “Mommy here I am”.