Botham Shem Jean who was shot dead Thursday in his own apartment in Dallas, Texas, by a female police officer, was remembered at a vigil Tuesday evening on the La Clery playing field.
The event included prayer, song and tributes to the deceased.
Botham’s uncle, Irenius Jean, described the vigil as having been very comforting for the family.
“I believe that it showed that our people really care and there is still hope in Saint Lucia – we still look out for each other in spite of all the crimes ,” he told St Lucia Times.
The uncle disclosed that Botham Jean will be buried in Saint Lucia.
He expressed the view that the death of his nephew should change the trend of such killings in the United States.
“I believe that this situation may end up being the turnaround,” Jean asserted.
He declared that the world is watching,
Jean said he was not surprised at the outpouring of support for the family as Botham Jean was a very caring, generous individual who loved people.
“He learned from his family the art of helping people,” he told St Lucia Times, recalling that the deceased, while at university, would annually send a group of students to Saint Lucia to do charitable work.
“He went around in the summer, helped old people repair their homes- he did a lot of charitable work and this is what he lived for.”
The National Review Tuesday described Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger’s killing of Botham Shem Jean as an “unspeakable tragedy” that highlights the need for officers like her to face impartial justice.
“It is hard to think of a more tragic, more senseless shooting in America than the killing last week of Botham Shem Jean,” David French wrote in an article on the incident.
Jean was home alone in his apartment in the South Side Flats complex in Dallas when police officer Amber Guyger entered and shot him dead.
The affidavit supporting the officer’s arrest on a charge of manslaughter stated that she believed she was entering her own apartment, which was directly below Jean’s and laid out almost identically.