THE mother of murdered teenager Sunshine Alfred believes the police are not doing enough to find the person who brought so much darkness to her life.
Leanette Alfred has therefore launched her own investigation into the killing of her 17-year-old daughter.
She has spoken to store owners, street vendors and even homeless people in San Fernando, hoping to find out what happened the night her child vanished.
“I cannot sit and wait for the police because they are not keeping in contact with me. I am talking to people and I am getting information. But the police not willing to assist me,” she said yesterday.
Alfred said she found out her daughter was snatched while waiting for a taxi in upper High Street, San Fernando.
“I know it was more than one person involved and I have some really good information. I passed all of this to the police, but I’m not hearing from them,” she said.
Alfred said her life changed after Sunshine’s death.
“I am not myself anymore. I am missing my child. I can’t believe she was taken away just like that and in that manner. I want to know what happened, and I feel I am consumed by this feeling. She was my sunshine, now all I have is darkness,” she said.
Sunshine Alfred went missing on May 6. She was found dead two days later in Cedar Hill, Princes Town. She was beaten on the head and stabbed in the neck.
The teenager was a trainee at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), pursuing a course in hairdressing.
Alfred, 49, said her daughter moved to St Vincent Street, San Fernando, with her brother while she (Alfred) lived in La Ruffin Village, Moruga.
The last time Alfred saw her daughter was three days before she went missing.
She was last seen alive by her boyfriend, Kern Wallace, who told police he placed her in a car near his Ste Madeleine home to go to San Fernando around 9 p.m.
Wallace said he called her cellphone several times, but there was no answer.
Alfred believes her daughter was murdered that same night.
A 43-year-old man was questioned in connection with the teenager’s murder. He was later charged with sexual offences against a Penal woman.
Homicide detectives were reluctant to reveal information on the status of Sunshine’s murder investigation yesterday.
The Express was told the investigation was at a sensitive stage.