Vincentians horrified over death of teenager Precious Williams

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 18, 2022
Vincentians horrified over death of teenager Precious Williams

Who took the life of Precious Williams, 17, and placed her body in a bag? It's the question on everyone's minds in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where citizens have been left in shock, grief and anger over the teen's death.

On May 16, Williams was positively identified days after her body was found stuffed in a bag at Richmond Hill. A post-mortem examination was performed on the body, revealing that she died due to being inflicted with “multiple sharp injuries”.

The Parliamentary Representative for East Kingstown, Fitz Bramble, visited the Walvaroo home of Precious Williams where he expressed condolences to Jillian ‘Ras’ Williams. The latter, according to local media reports, is her adoptive mother.

In a short Facebook live, he said Williams was saddened and too distraught to speak. He asked for citizens to show the love and support that she needs at this time.

Former Minister of Health under the ULP, Luke Browne, expressed outrage on social media over the death of Williams. He wrote that he hopes the person responsible for this gruesome crime is brought to justice:

“I am hurt and outraged by the discovery that the body recently found on Murray’s Road was that of Precious Williams. I know Precious and her family very well. We have a longstanding relationship, and I feel their current pain. I remember that Precious won the prize for Most Improved Student when she graduated from the Sion Hill Government School. We had great hopes for her. I never expected her life to be cut short and brought to an end in such tragic circumstances.

We as a community must ensure that the perpetrator of this gruesome and heinous crime is brought to justice and meets an appropriate punishment. We must preserve as a society high regard for the sanctity of life. We must vigorously pursue the ideal of an end to violence against women, girls and people everywhere.”

The Sion Hill Government School, of which she was a past student, expressed condolences on the situation:

“The Principal, staff and students of the Sion Hill Government School are saddened by the tragic death of one of our precious gems. Miss Precious Williams. We are all heartbroken and would like to express sincere condolences to her family and friends. Sleep in perfect peace, our precious one.”

Citizens took to social media, expressing that the crime rate is too high in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

One person posted: “Rest in peace. I hope they catch the person responsible for her death.”

Another Facebook commenter wrote: “I hope whoever murdered this young lady will be found and brought to justice. Sad, very sad that a young life had to be snuffed out in such a terrible manner. I hope this family gets justice.”

A woman said: “Take me back when Vincy was a real place without all this crime and violence.”

This woman believes not enough is being done to deal with the issue of crime: “These criminals don’t mind spending a few years/ months in jail cos guess why they living off of our tax money getting three meals a day, so until we bring back the gallows (hang them whether man or woman) we will have less crime. I can see the pain in her mom's face. And whoever you are, your life will be miserable for hell.”

Investigations are continuing into the incident.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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