PEOPLE are preying on the public's pain to sell merchandise in murdered Shannon Banfield's name, an action described as “total wickedness” by her mother Sherry-Ann Lopez.
A baseball cap with a praying hands symbol and the words “I am Shannon” is being advertised for sale at a cost of $250 on social media.
A Facebook post stated: “#iamshannon caps for sale and ALL proceeds go to the Seventh Day Adventist church. Contact Raisa at (cell number given) to place your order and get listed. #iamshannon assorted colors are purple and black cost: $250.”
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in San Juan which Shannon attended and her mother were informed of the sale by the Express today. Both said they knew nothing about the item and it was no way related to the Shannon Banfield Foundation.
They promised to find out more information.
Sherry-Ann Lopez mother of Shannon Banfield. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP
Shannon's mother said only God could deal with those who were taking advantage of a traumatic experience.
She told the Express on Wednesday: “People will do anything to make a dollar. We expect all that, we expect the slandering of the name and everything but may God be with them. We are not fighting this battle by ourselves. God will deal with them for what it is they are doing.”
She said: “We deal directly with the church and I have to okay everything. Nothing came to me and we will never do anything like that. We want to give back to the people, we are not affiliated with that (the baseball cap). This has no way anything to do with the Adventist church or the family of Shannon.”
Ebony Burton, a member of the church who is assisting with the Shannon Banfield Foundation, said: “As soon as we get the information for Shannon Foundation for persons to deposit or send cash to, we will do a media release with such. There is no relation to the Shannon Banfield Foundation or to the Seventh Day Adventist Church".
The Express made several calls to the contact number but no-one answered. A voice message was left by the church. Another church member said: “We told them they would need to take down the post and that they need to desist from using her name”.
The idea for the Shannon Banfield Foundation was announced at her funeral service on December 13.
Banfield's decomposing body was found at IAM Company store in Port-of-Spain and an employee Dale Seecharan charged for her murder. Her death sparked public outrage and a march to end violence against women was held on Monday with citizens wearing t-shirts that said “Justice for Shannon.”-