A group of women and men stood Thursday afternoon in solidarity with the family of Kimberly Williams de Leon, the wife of a police officer who was shot dead this week at Chef Harry Drive, Morne Fortune, Castries.
The group started gathering at Constitution Park about noon and later observed a minute of silence in memory of the deceased.
A spokesperson for the group, Caron Tobierre, told St Lucia Times that the event was ‘very impromptu.’
“It is happening because as women, as citizens of Saint Lucia, we want to stand in solidarity with the family of Kimberly Williams de Leon who was murdered in her home,” Tobiere explained.
She said the women are not sure about the status of the investigation which police have said will be unbiased, although a police officer is a ‘person of interest’ due to previous reports of domestic violence which law enforcers said they had acted upon.
Tobiere recall that since the police announced Wednesday that there was a person of interest, the concerned group does not know what has happened since.
Kimberly Williams de Leon is a former student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS).
“This outreach began as an outreach from the students – people who went to school with Kimberly who reached out to me and asked if we could organise something. So this is a movement which we hope will show support to Kimberly’s family right now to let them know that we stand in solidarity with them and that we support them.”
Tobiere said the hope is that out of the solidarity the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will know that the women will be monitoring and watching how the investigation into the murder develops.
“We want them to be aware that we are going to be holding them accountable,” she declared.
“I am hoping that this movement will actually grow into a movement that reaches out to our legislature so that we can get proper legislation to protect our women and our children in Saint Lucia.”
Tobierre explained that the women had chosen to wear orange because it is the colour of the movement against violence against women as designated by the United Nations.
She said orange is the colour the UN has chosen for the 10 days of activism that begin later this month.