KINGSTON – Police yesterday, in a gesture of kindness, donated several household items to the father of one of the three children who perished in a fire in the informal settlement of Hopeful Village, Jones Town, south St Andrew.
Head of the Kingston Western Police Division Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor said the items were donated to help Lloyd Reid pick up the pieces after the tragic incident that rocked the community and the country.
Police report that the children — 18-year-old Bebeto Harris, 15-year-old Leonard Morris and nine-year-old Abigail Reid — were at home last Friday when the house was set ablaze by Phillip McLeod, who is said to be the children’s uncle.
McLeod, who has been charged with three counts of murder and arson, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was remanded for psychiatric evaluation.
He is to return to court on March 20.
Yesterday, McGregor explained that the police, after hearing of the incident, decided to help.
“We came together and, from funds taken out of our own pockets, have purchased a bed and other items for the father to pick up the pieces,” said McGregor.
He also said the move was the first of a bigger project that the police were planning to take on in the area.
“Part of our main aim is to raise enough funds to rebuild the house that was destroyed by fire, and we hope that this move today will help to inspire others to come on board to help in the initiative,” McGregor said, adding that he believed that part of the aim of community policing was to do more than just fight crime.
The help provided by the police came a day after residents in the community held a candlelight vigil for the children who were killed.
Yesterday, Reid said he appreciated the kind gesture from the police.
“I am really thankful for the work and the assistance that the police have provided,” said Reid, who fought hard to hold back tears.