Tecia Henry Strangled
June 19, 2009
An autopsy revealed that ten-year-old Tecia Henry was killed by manual strangulation. Sources at the Forensic Science Centre said that further tests would have to be performed to determine if she was also raped.
The autopsy was witnessed by Tecia's grandmother, Patricia James. Speaking with the media afterwards, Ms. James rejected reports that Tecia was killed due to family members' alleged criminal activities. She said that whether or not there was criminal activities in the family, no one had the right to do what they did to her grandchild and that God, in his own way, would deal with the person who committed this murder.
During a statement to the media on Thursday, 18 June, Twiggy, Tecia's aunt, expressed that she was upset with the media for disclosing that Tecia's mother had drug related court matters and added that people are against Black women in the ghetto who are only trying to uplift themselves. She also said the forensic report did not state that Tecia was raped but she believes that it was jealousy as the motive behind the killing.
In related matters, the home of one of the suspects who had been held by police for questioning was completely destroyed by suspected arson this morning; the fire also seriously damaged two other homes. This act is believed to be a reprisal for Tecia's killing and police have admonished residents to refrain from any further unlawful actions.
The police are still searching for the killer who has now been labeled the 'John-John strangler'.
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