Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has told reporters in Dallas, Texas, that there are two strong emotions of great sadness and anger in Saint Lucia over the shooting death of Botham Shem Jean.
Chastanet was speaking at a news conference Monday at which members of the family of the deceased and their legal representatives were also present.
He said there was sadness that Jean, 26, lost his life at such a young age and knowing how close his mother, Allison Jean and the family were to the deceased.
“The other emotion is one of anger. To think that a young man would be in his apartment and the possibility could be that somebody could come to his door and he ends up being dead,” Chastanet explained.
“I know for the family there are also mixed emotions,” he said.
According to the Saint Lucia Prime Minister, while the family is emotional as a result of Botham Jean’s death, they have been forced into the situation of having to want justice.
“I don’t think any of us would truly understand the conflict of those emotions,” Chastanet told reporters.
“I am here to say that we are going to support the family,” the PM stated.
According to reports, Chastanet was in the United States on holiday with his family and flew to Dallas after the news broke that a female Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, fatally shot Botham Jean in his own apartment.
It has been reported that Guyger allegedly mistook the flat for her own.
She was arrested Sunday on a charge of manslaughter and released on a $300,000 bond.