Attorney says suspect in custody as family of Jamaican homicide victim appeals for help

Simone Whyte was looking forward to meeting her new grandson next month
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By Theresa Goodwin

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The lawyer representing the suspect in the country’s latest homicide told Observer that the man had been released from the hospital and was taken into police custody yesterday, Tuesday.

This as the family of the late Simone Whyte is appealing to the Jamaican community in Antigua as well as those in her native land, to pray for them as they try to deal with the “shocking news” of her death.

They are also seeking financial assistance to have her body repatriated to Jamaica for burial.

Meanwhile, the police are reportedly questioning the man who is suspected of killing her.

The 35-year-old man was admitted to the hospital after he apparently sustained wounds to his neck and chin during the incident, and underwent emergency surgery.

He was experiencing periodic blackouts, along with pain and dizziness according to his attorney, Wendel Robinson.

The mother of three was reportedly stabbed to death in St John’s on Saturday while she was at a party.

Whyte’s only daughter, Synovia Barrington, made the appeal during a Facebook live video where a number of family members reflected on the life of the devoted mother who would have celebrated her 46th birthday yesterday.

“Our family is still shaken up and we really prayers and assistance. My mother was expected to return home to be with her children and her only grandchild for December and assist my younger brother who just graduated from high school,” Barrington said.

She is also calling on the public to desist from sharing a purported video which showed Whyte moments after she died.

“Delete the videos please, we do not want to see them, just please allow us to grieve in peace,” Barrington pleaded.

Over the weekend, the police reported that the 45-year-old deceased was found around 8:30 pm on Saturday with what appeared to be a stab wound to her upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene

Anyone who wishes to assist the family financially is asked to contact the daughter at 1876-734-7407 or 1875-466-1336.

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