PM Welcomes Renaming Of Part Of Dallas Street After Botham Jean

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has welcomed the renaming on Saturday of part of a Dallas street after slain Saint Lucian, Botham Jean.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Saint Lucia I welcome the renaming of part of the South Lamar Street, the Botham Jean Boulevard,” Chastanet said in a video message to the ceremony.

However, the Saint Lucia Prime Minister said it was no consolation to Botham’s friends and family.

“We need to ensure that this young man is not forgotten,” he explained.

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Chastanet said all who knew Botham were lucky enough to be offered a glimpse, but have lost a life filed with faith, family and an openness of heart.

And he described those qualities as attributes ‘we seek in our own youth’.

“I want to say to the Jean family, while we cannot imagine your grief, your son has become a rallying cry for what cannot be ignored – the need for our systems to be equitable, transparent and just,” the PM observed.

Chastanet said now that a Boulevard has been named after Botham, it will be a reminder every day of what he stood for and the need to continue his journey.

Botham Jean, 26, died after now former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, shot him in his own apartment.

The incident occurred in September 2018.

But Guyger claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers and believed he was an intruder.

About a year later, a court sentenced her to ten years in jail.

However, Guyger has filed an appeal.

Botham Jean’s sister, Alissa Findley told a US television reporter it demonstrated that the former officer has not been remorseful.

Findley and other Jean family members were in Dallas for the renaming ceremony.

The family has filed a wrongful death suit.

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