Saturday, December 16, 2017

‘Oh God, you didn’t deserve this’

...says mom of teen shot dead by relative at home


KILLED: Murchannah “Channah” Lavia, 14, accidentally shot dead by a 15-year-old relative on Wednesday.

Mark Fraser

A 14-year-old Form Three pupil of Providence Girls Catholic School is dead after she was accidentally shot once in the chest on Wednesday night by a relative.

Police reported at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Murchannah “Channah” Lavia, of Upper Stoer Street Extension, Petit Valley, was in the living room of her home, reading a book, in the presence of the 15-year-old male relative. 

The relative reportedly pulled out a firearm he had ac­quired from a person he knew and was flashing it about. 

The weapon was loaded, and it discharged when he pointed in the direction of Murchannah.

The teenager dropped to the ground, clutching her chest, and the police, as well as the emergency health servi­ces, were immediately notified. 

Murchannah was rushed to the St James Medical Complex where she was pronounced dead on arrival. 

A party of officers from the Western Division and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Inspector Roger Thomas, Inspector Hen­ry Dan, Inspector Wayne Lawrence, Inspector Hospedales, Sgt Vincent, Sgt Harry, and PC Romeo, visited the scene and secured the area. 

No firearm was found at the home during an initial search of the house, but the 15-year-old male relative was detained and questioned. 

The officers returned to the scene yesterday, along with crime scene investigators, and the officers swept the area once again, in search of the weapon or the shell casing from the spent bullet which killed Murchannah. 

Up to late yesterday, however, police sources said they had found neither of these items. 

Murchannah’s body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy was performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes. The report showed the girl died from the perforation of her internal organs and trau­ma consistent with a gunshot injury.

Speaking to members of the media yesterday, Omadevee Lavia, Murchannah’s moth-

er, openly wept as she related memories of her daughter. 

“She was such a loving child. Such a good girl. She ne­ver used to go out and lime or anything like that. She would just stay in the house and just read or study. She said she was working hard because she wanted to be a lawyer so bad. 

“She used to tell me, ‘Doh worry,’ she would achieve her dreams on her own, and she was studying hard so she could get a scholarship, and I wouldn’t have to spend a single dollar for her education. 

“So she was always reading, always bringing home a variety of different books, and always studying. I never heard a complaint about her from her teachers or anyone. She was such a good girl. 

“Oh God, Channah! you didn’t deserve this! Why lord, why!?” exclaimed Omadevee Lavia.