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Lavia family awaits police response to shooting

Tuesday, March 25 2014

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SHOT WHILE READING: Ace student Murchannah Lavia, aged 14, who was reportedly accidentally shot to death....
SHOT WHILE READING: Ace student Murchannah Lavia, aged 14, who was reportedly accidentally shot to death....

While the Lavia family has the last arrangements in place to say their final farewells to 14-year-old Murchannah Lavia, the fate of her 15-year-old male relative, who accidentally shot her is still undecided.

“This is driving me insane! I didn’t know a mother would have to go through this” says Omadavee Lavia, mother of Murchannah. Lavia says not only has she not yet been in contact with the male relative since his detention at the Maracas Police station, moments after Murchannah’s death, but also has received no information from the police on the progress of the case.

The Lavia family still believes the male relative is a good child who was led astray by the wrong elements, and hope that leniency will be shown when dealing with his case. “He is a good boy; he likes to laugh, he spoke well with everyone, and was very respectful, but it is like sometimes he likes to live in a movie.” Lavia said.

The Lavia family, spent this weekend going through all the hectic processes of making funeral arrangements.

They hope that after the funeral they will be better informed as to the status of the case, but the strain of losing two family members in such a brutal and rapid manner is putting a strain on her other relatives. “They (Murchannah’s relatives) are going crazy. Every time they look at me they start crying.” Omadavee said.

Lavia says Murchannah’s funeral will take place today at 1 pm, at the Petit Valley Pentecostal Church, on Stoer Drive Extension, and Morne Coco Road, Petit Valley. She says the entire ordeal is almost too much to bear, but she has received a lot of support from the community, from Murchannah’s school, Providence Girls Secondary, and from friends and well-wishers.

“I really not sure how to deal with this, but God is good, he will help me work it out. As long as I have faith in him the Lord will guide me.” Lavia said.

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