KINGSTON –– Tears that flowed down the cheeks of family members of 30-year-old Cauldell, Hanover resident, Tasha Gordon, mirrored the mood in that deep rural community.
Gordon’s decomposing body was found in a cane field at the weekend, more than three weeks after she was abducted from her workplace.
“Oh God, have mercy, Tasha gone! How mi a go take this? Mi can’t take it! Tasha gone left mi! Tasha! …Mi nah guh make it,” wailed Tasha’s grandmother, shortly after the family got the unwelcome news that her body was discovered.
Tasha’s stepmother, Angella Goslyn, told the Jamaica Observer West that as a child, Tasha was “a well disciplined and mature individual”.
“When Tasha goes to school in the days, school over like 12, she was back by 12:30 p.m. And, I said to her ‘Tasha, don’t you talk to friends at school? How you come home so early? She said ‘I don’t idle on the streets, I just go to school and come home.”
She added that Tasha would go to church or work and head straight back home.
“Her grandmother raised her up so good. That little girl never could even hurt a fly. She was a good role model to the whole community and to everybody around her. Tasha was the best,” a teary-eyed Goslyn stressed, as family members and residents gathered at the family home in Cauldwell to reflect on her life.
Yatin Gordon, Tasha’s younger sister, said she was shocked when she heard that her sister went missing.
“I was so shocked, I started to cry, weak, could not eat, could not sleep, uncomfortable, everything that is bad. Now, I am even more devastated,” she said, as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Gunmen allegedly abducted Tasha, who has been missing since January 9, after her employer, 36-year-old Marvin McIntosh, was killed at his businessplace in Prospect, Hanover.
A search party, including the police and residents, had, in January, combed the area where Tasha’s body was found at the weekend, but at the time did not see her.
However, during their search, the police found $9,000 and a pair of slippers reportedly belonging to her.
When Tasha’s body, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, was found last Friday at Prospect, a small district that adjoins Cauldwell, the hands and feet were bound and the mouth gagged.
“I don’t know why anybody would want to kill Tasha. She was such a very nice person. The whole community is in shock and mourning,” said a Cauldell resident who expressed shock at the gruesome find.
The Hanover police are yet to make an arrest in the murder of Tasha.
Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch in Hanover, Ainsley McCarthy, has called for Hanover residents to “get back to basics”, as a means of addressing the spiralling crime in the parish.
He pointed out that Hanover once had one of the lowest crime rates in the island, but noted that last year the parish recorded 53 murders.
Since the start of the year, some 13 people have been murdered in the parish, when compared to one during the corresponding period in 2016.
DSP McCarthy, in the meantime, disclosed that the Hanover police are receiving assistance from the Jamaica Defence Force and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from the parishes of Kingston and St James in Hanover’s crime-fighting efforts.