Family members of the late Botham Jean have said that they are pleased with the level of support they are getting from Saint Lucians.
A thanksgiving birthday praise march in memory of the 26 year old who was shot dead in his apartment in Dallas on September 6, 2018, by a female police officer, took place Saturday afternoon.
The activity was organised by the Justice for Botham Support Group and took the form of a march from the Central Library to Serenity Park, where a ceremony was held that included songs of praise and speeches.
Botham’s father, Bertrum Jean, said he was very happy about the event and the fact that Saint Lucians are thinking about the Jean family at this difficult time.
But at the same time he noted that it was a sad occasion.
The father recalled that usually on Botham’s birthday, he would send his son a message wishing him happy birthday.
“I know he would be spending the day eating a lot of food,” Bertrum Jean explained.
“But it is just sad that when I think of him today, all this has gone. He is not around to enjoy it. It is a very sad day, but I am thankful for this occasion that has been put together to remember his birthday.”
“I don’t think we will be at peace internally, because the case goes on and we would have to be flying out to Dallas when we are needed up there,” the father explained.
He said the family’s lawyers will keep them abreast.
“I see a long drawn out situation and difficult moments. I would really have loved it to end now, but I know this is not the way things happen and I suppose we will be grieving for a very long time,” the father stated.
He said he will try to safeguard happy memories of the life of his deceased son.
“I enjoyed watching him sing, dropping him to school, taking to him, enforcing the right principles – as a father I enjoyed that with both of my boys.”
Bertrum Jean said his deceased son was not perfect, but lived a God fearing life.