A Saint Lucia vigil is being planned for Botham Shem Jean, who was shot dead at his home on Thursday by a female Dallas police officer.
The one hour vigil is carded for Tuesday, September 11 from 6 pm at the La Clery playing field as a show of solidarity with the grieving family and to echo calls for justice to be served.
One of the organisers of the event, Nicole David, said when the planners heard the news of Jean’s death and the circumstances surrounding his fatal shooting, it hit them ‘really hard’
“I am a mother and my son is the same age as this young man,” David told St Lucia Times.
She recalled reaching out to some others to organise the vigil in support of the family of the deceased.
“The way it happened – he was such a promising young man, so innocent and this came right to his doorstep so it is really sad, heartbreaking – it’s injustice,” David asserted.
“We want America especially to know – we want this to reach them. We are not going to take this lightly. We want justice.”
“We are Saint Lucians and that is the bottom line. We feel the family’s pain,” David, who is close to the family declared.
“It could have been my son. It could have been somebody else’s son. There are so many Saint Lucians who have kids – they send them to further their education abroad and you never know,” she told St Lucia Times.
David said the vigil, which is still in the planning stages, will seek to incorporate prayer, singing and speeches.
“It is going to be very tight – just one hour,” she explained, adding that the programme is in the process of being finalised.