BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, July 01, 2016
The mother of the 13-year-old schoolgirl who was shot in the head when men, believed to be police, opened fire on an illegal taxi in downtown Kingston yesterday morning, said she was leaving everything in God’s hands after she and her co-workers prayed and sang outside Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) where her only child was said to be recovering after emergency surgery.
Ruby McKoy, a teacher at Duhaney Park Primary School, was surprisingly calm when she spoke with the Jamaica Observer.
However, she admitted that earlier yesterday she was not unruffled.
|Group Prayer for the victim|
“I wasn’t like this this morning. When I heard that she was in an accident, my knees gave way, everything went, and I found a colleague and cried and cried,” McKoy said. “[But] when I remembered that I had prayed this morning, and I had asked for coverage from accident, both seen and unseen, I said to myself, ‘Why should I take this on when I am leaving it in His hands?’ “So what you see right now is not my own strength.”
Her husband, Harry McKoy, however, was very emotional.
Appearing to be in daze and on the brink of tears he said: “This is something you wouldn’t mind if you wake up and it is a dream.”
He said he was at home when he received the unfortunate news, but said he was hoping for the best as he was told that, although there was swelling to his daughter’s brain, no tissue was damaged.
When asked to describe his daughter, a grade eight Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) student, he simply said, “Zoey is the world,” while noting that she is the president of block two at her school and will celebrate her 14th birthday today (July 1).
The tragic incident occurred at the corner of Mark Lane and North Street.
|Firemen from York Park Fire Station putting out one of|
the fires behind Central Police Station on East Street
in downtown Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)
According to the driver of the taxi, sometime after 7:00 am he was transporting four students, three from Alpha and one from St George’s College, when men whom he said were dressed in blue denim and vests marked police, subjected him to what he termed “bad driving”.
The driver said he responded by hurling expletives at the men, which angered them.
As a result, the driver said after he drove off he heard gunshots and heard the schoolgirl screaming out that she had been shot.
The girl, who was the only passenger injured, was rushed to the hospital by the driver.
In the aftermath of the shooting, several taxi drivers parked their cars in protest and demonstrated by blocking roads and setting fire to tyres in the streets.
Fires were lit behind Central Police Station on East Street, as well as on Church, Duke and North streets.