Condolence Message on The Murder of Marcia Philbert-Jules by Senator the Honourable Tessa Mangal
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By Senator the Honourable Tessa Mangal

June 26, 2007

It is with the deepest sorrow and sadness that I extend sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia, to the family of the late Marcia Philbert-Jules, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Physical Development.

Marcia’s brutal and barbaric murder was certainly not a befitting end to the life of such a beautiful Caribbean person. As a Caribbean person she made Saint Lucia her home and she felt comfortable here.

Marcia contributed significantly to the development of our country from being a conscientious economist in the Ministry of Finance to being Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Health, Human Services, Family Affairs, Gender Relations, Home Affairs and Physical Development. Her dedication and devotion to duty saw her skillfully managing difficult initiatives like the commissioning of the Bordelais Correctional Facility and several other socio-economic projects on behalf of Saint Lucia.

Her tragic death in the prime of her productive life is undeserved, unwarranted and certainly should not go unpunished. Already our police force has in custody a suspect and we are confident that no effort will be spared in swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this heinous, hateful, and hurtful act.

As we ponder this terrible tragedy, we have to come to terms with the gruesome reality that violent crime must be abated. However this is a situation which can only persist if we allow it to, and so as conscientious citizens we must all abhor and become appalled by criminal activity no matter who the perpetrators are. We must develop an intolerance for criminal behaviour and those who commit crimes must not be able to find any comfort or protection among family or friends. Crime is no respecter of persons as Marcia’s case clearly demonstrates, and today’s protector can very well be tomorrow’s victim.

It is therefore the civic duty of every citizen to report crime to the police for action. It is also the responsibility of every Saint Lucian to take your security seriously and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, as Marcia’s murder demonstrates the lengths to which criminals will go to commit their crimes. Many members of the public came to the assistance of the police in this case and so I must commend you for your support in reclaiming our country from the criminal elements.

In her own way, even in her death, Marcia made a bold statement against crime by fighting to the death in defence of her person. She paid with her life and so her self sacrifice must not be allowed to be in vain. No amount of words or condolences can adequately compensate her family and friends for the deep loss they have suffered, but nonetheless we extend our support and solidarity to them in this time of trial and tragedy.

We pray for the soul of Marcia and the sanity of her family and friends as they struggle to deal with her sorrowful loss. May God bless her in death as he blessed her in life and may her light of love and devotion continue to shine in our country and region.

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