Sunday 29 November, 2020

Two years later, Kimberly De Leon's mother is still seeking justice

Kimberly De Leon

Kimberly De Leon

October 29, 2020, marks a heartbreaking anniversary: two years since the brutal murder of 42-year-old Kimberly De Leon.

The mother of two was shot dead at her Chef Harry Drive residence, Morne Fortune, on October 29, 2018.

To date, no arrests have been made in connection with the homicide, however, the matter remains an open investigation.

“I had my moment this morning,” mother of the deceased, Mary Williams told Loop News.

“As anything else, I am a human being and I played some of the songs that she had liked, I was supposed to go to the cemetery but because of the weather I couldn’t but I’m still hanging on in there waiting to hear some good news about the investigation.”

De Leon’s death shocked the country, which sparked several protests through the city, demanding accountability from the authorities and that justice be served.

The husband of the deceased, who is a senior police officer, was taken into custody as a person of interest but was subsequently released.

The investigation, which appeared to have hit a brick wall, was revived late last year when investigators submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions with several samples that were sent overseas for analysis.

The DPP is expected to review the evidence and contents of the file and to determine the next course of action.

Director of the Forensic Laboratory, Fernanda Henry was probed by talk show host Timothy Poleon, on the lab’s role in the investigation, to which she stated: “We are not aware of any investigation until that contact is made and we are brought into the investigation. So that’s why we are not playing a role…we are not part of the investigation.”

The mother of the deceased said she spoke to the Director of Public Prosecutions earlier this week who indicated that they are close to the end of the investigation.

According to her, she just wants justice for her daughter and her two grandchildren.

“The children are good, they are doing much better than I am for sure,” she said, adding, “I just want Saint Lucians to keep us in their thoughts and prayers so that we can get to the bottom of this and I appreciate the calls and we just all want to get justice in that matter.”

Kimberly De Leon was an accountant attached to the Ministry of Education at the time of her death.

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