13-y-o boy re­port­edly mur­ders mother

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Hopeton Buc­knor/ Gleaner Writer

RES­I­DENTS OF Berk­shire Dis­trict in Bethel Town, West­more­land, were left baf­fled yes­ter­day, as they woke up to the shock­ing news that a seem­ingly quiet sec­ond form high school stu­dent had al­legedly at­tacked and mur­dered his mother early Wednes­day night.

The vic­tim, who was stabbed mul­ti­ple times and had her throat slashed, has been iden­ti­fied as 44-yearold Pe­tre­nia Grace McDonald, a pop­u­lar farmer in the ru­ral com­mu­nity. She was re­port­edly at­tacked as she sat in her house watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

“I went up to the house for my din­ner and I was there with them (mother and son) for a while watch­ing a movie on a lap­top they have up there. Shortly af­ter I left, I got the news that some­thing hap­pened to my mother and when I went back up there, I saw her dead body,” shared Mi­cai Stone, McDonald’s 19-year-old son, who lives else­where.

“I can­not un­der­stand what hap­pened be­cause my lit­tle brother is not a vi­o­lent per­son,” noted Stone, of his 13-year-old brother, who at­tends a prom­i­nent high school in St Eliz­a­beth. “He is very quiet and he spends his time be­tween do­ing his book­work and watch­ing movies. What hap­pened is a big sur­prise to me. This would be the last thing I would ex­pect to hap­pen.”

AL­WAYS QUIET AND PEACE­FUL

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, about 7:40 p.m. on Wednes­day, McDonald’s neigh­bours heard screams com­ing from her con­crete and board house and rushed over to in­ves­ti­gate. When they barged into the house, they found her in a pool of blood on the floor and her son cov­ered in blood with a knife in one of his hands.

“I know de likkle youth from him small and him was al­ways quiet and peace­ful,” Keith Sa­muels, a res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity, told The Gleaner. “I also know the mother well. They were al­ways to­gether. You rarely see one with­out the other.”

Jes­sica McDonald, the sis­ter of the slain woman, was al­most in­con­solable when The Gleaner spoke to her out­side the house where the grue­some killing took place.

“My sis­ter was a very quiet and lov­ing per­son,” she said, cry­ing openly. “She loved her two sons very much. She would do any­thing to make them happy. I still can’t believe (name left out) would kill her. We don’t know him as that kind of child.”

The res­i­dents, who turned the young­ster over to the po­lice when they ar­rived at the house, said he had a for­lorn look on his face and seemed con­fused. The young­ster is now in po­lice cus­tody.

The yard in Berk­shire Dis­trict in Bethel Town, West­more­land, where 44-year-old Pe­tre­nia Grace McDonald was mur­dered on Wednes­day.

GRACE MCDONALD

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