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Police recover knife likely used in killing of Clarendon family

SSP Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, and Nadine Gayle Little, Principal of Beulah Primary and Infant School in Clarendon
 
A knife which is believed to have been used to kill four children and their mother in the community of New Road in Chapelton, Clarendon on Tuesday, has been found by the police.
 
The five family members were stabbed and their throats slashed.
 
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, said the knife and bloodied clothes were found during a search. 
 
SSP Lindsay, who was a guest Wednesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, said the police are also trying to determine the validity of claims that the person of interest in the deadly attack was previously charged with unlawful wounding.   
 
Rushane Barnett, the person of interest in the case, was held by police in Trelawny on Tuesday night
 
Radio Jamaica News has been informed that he could be questioned by investigators on Thursday.
 
The questioning is, however, dependent on how soon the man is assigned an attorney. 
 
School mourns 
 
Classes were suspended on Wednesday at Beulah Primary and Infant School in Clarendon where five-year-old Rafaella Smith and 10-year-old Shara-Lee Smith were students.
 
Principal Nadine Gayle Little, speaking Wednesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, said the school has lost two hardworking and promising students.
 
Rafaella was scheduled to graduate from the Infant Department next week, while Shara-Lee was in Grade 5.
 
Mrs Gayle Little said more grief counselling is being provided to the school community which is reeling from the tragedy.
 
It is especially difficult for the older students, those in grades 4, 5 and 6, she said, since they have a better understanding of what has transpired. 
 
The principal disclosed that the children's 15-year-old sister Kimanda Smith and their mother, Kemisha Wright, were also past students of the school.
 
 


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