The mother of a seventeen year old who was killed by Saint Lucia police last month, has announced plans for a vigil in his memory.
The vigil will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
Joanna Joseph told St Lucia Times that the event will be held on Chausseee Road in Castries in the area where her son, Arnold Joseph was killed.
“We are going to be starting at 5.30 p.m,” she explained.
“We’re just asking people to come out in their red shirts and their candles,” Joseph said.
She disclosed that there are plans for a walk to the George 5th Park and tributes from people who were close to the deceased.
“Just stating who he was, because what is happening via the internet is that everybody has their own views about who he was; so we need to clear the air for me and my family to have a little peace,” Joseph told St Lucia Times.
She said her son’s friends and others who knew him want to come out and show their support.
Asked how she was coping her response was that honestly, she does not know.
“I don’t know. I don’t have an explanation for my feelings. I am just trying to do what I have to do and take it one step at a time.”
Arnold was the first of Joseph’s two children.
On the issue of pursuing legal action, Joseph said she was waiting on the police.
She recalled that there was talk about a 9. mm weapon having been recovered from the vehicle in which her son was travelling when he was shot.
“We need to correct that,” Joseph declared.
“I am giving them the time and the opportunity for them to come up with their investigation. I am just giving them time to do what they have to do and afterwards I will take it from there,” the mother stated.
But she made it clear that she will not let the matter rest.
“I can guarantee you that,” Joseph asserted.
“That’s my seventeen year old. The relationship I had with my son was not just a mother and son kind of thing. We had a relationship in which he would speak to me pertaining to everything,” she said.
According to the police, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, about 10:30 p.m. officers attached to the Special Services Unit, whilst on mobile patrol, received information regarding a suspicious motor vehicle, at Reclamation Grounds, Castries.
“The responding officers made attempts to stop a white Toyota Lancer, registration number PE3191, but to no avail. The motor vehicle in question failed to stop, venturing through one-way streets about the city, contravening traffic regulations,” the police statement said.
“During an attempt to apprehend the individuals, one individual was fatally shot, whilst a second was non-fatally injured. A third male was arrested without injury. One 9mm firearm was recovered by officers from the said individuals,” according to the statement.