• Violence Prevention Alliance

VPA Condemns Murder of Children and Mother in Clarendon




KINGSTON, June 22, 2022:


The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) is condemning the killing of a mother and her four

children in Clarendon yesterday.


Kemisha Wright and her four children – 15-year-old Kimana Smith, 10-year-old Shemari Smith,

five-year-old Kafana Smith, and her 23-month-old son, Kishaun Henry – were found with their

throats slashed Tuesday morning at their home in the Cocoa Piece community near Chapelton in Clarendon.


The Alliance also expressed concern that such a heinous act was committed against the children and mother, adding that it was a reflection of the lack of value for life.

The Alliance underscored the need for dispute resolutions training in communities so persons

can learn to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner rather than resorting to violence.


In the meantime, the Alliance commended the police on its swift action in apprehending a person of interest in the murder. The Alliance stressed that the family members of the mother and children will also need grief counseling and therapy to get through this difficult period.


Violence Prevention Alliance| Institute for Sustainable Development | 3 Gibraltar Camp Way |

UWI, Mona | Kingston 7 | Tele/fax: 702-2079 | Email:vpajamaica@gmail.com | Cell: 771-

9907/363-1726; June 22, 2022

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