Robbed by murder

Slain Arnett Gardens girl did family proud by passing 7 CSEC subjects

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT
Observer staff reporter
hibbertk@jamaicaoibserver.com

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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MICKOLLE Moulton would have been rejoicing today had she been allowed to live to see her results in this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

Moulton, 17, passed seven out of eight subjects sat, scoring grade one in mathematics, English A (language) and, information technology; grade two in biology, physics and geography, and grade three in English B (literature). She didn't do well in chemistry, as she scored a grade four.

She had already attained three CSEC subjects before entering grade 11.

Michael Peart, principal of Meadowbrook High where Mickolle was a student, said her results plus involvement in school would have easily guaranteed her a spot in the school's sixth form.

“She was a prefect and a member of the Girl Guides; that, plus her passes, without a doubt, she would have got in,” he said, pointing out that on her sixth form application she had indicated interest in doing law, digital media, biology, and literatures in English.

“Her performance was creditable, though based on her history more grade ones were expected in other areas,” the principal added.

Moulton, who was shot dead on August 6 in her bed in Arnett Gardens, was also described by Peart as a prospect for head girl and an ambassador by Vice-Principal Lucien Reid.

Following the teen's murder, Prime Minister Andrew Holness instructed the constabulary force to spare no effort in investigating the callous shooting after he visited the community and was met by an angry, placard-bearing crowd chanting “murderer” towards Moulton's mother — Nikeisha Howell — an expression of their outrage about speculation surrounding the teenager's death.

So angry were the residents that Howell had to be escorted out of the community by police officers.

Howell later told the Jamaica Observer that the family was planning to move out of Arnett Gardens before the tragedy.

In fact, she had already packed her belongings and was waiting until after her mother's funeral to leave the community.

Moulton and her 12-year-old sister were shot through their bedroom window as they slept. They were taken to hospital where Moulton was pronounced dead and her sister is still admitted.

Her death led to widespread condemnation from other State officials, including Police Commissioner George Quallo, who said that he was saddened by the incident.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn on the weekend appealed to the Arnett Gardens community to be kind to each another.

She made the appeal Sunday at the funeral service for Moulton's grandmother, Nora “Jassett” Gordon, at the community centre in Arnett Gardens. She said that Gordon, a former employee at the Office of the DPP, would have been heartbroken at the turn of events.

So far no motive has been given for Moulton's murder, and the police are yet to identify suspects or make an arrest regarding the case.

Commanding officer for the Kingston Western Police Division Howard Chambers has assured that his investigators are pursuing all avenues to arrive at a conclusion to the matter.

The funeral service for Moulton is tentatively set for September 9 at Meadowbrook United Church.

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