The death, through an arson attack, of a 15-year-old student has rocked her school and plunged school mates at St Hugh’s High, Kingston, into mourning.
The deceased student has been identified as 15-year-old student Tashai Munda, of a Race Course Road, Salisbury Plain, St Andrew.
Jamaica Today reported earlier that the arson attack took place sometime around 11:00 pm on Sunday, November 25. At least four of the girls’ relatives have been displaced by the attack and up to Thursday, November 29, her mother was in hospital in serious condition.
The house of the family of six was firebombed as they slept. They were awakened by a blaze that engulfed the living room of their three-bedroom home.
All six occupants managed to escape the inferno through a window on the other side of the house. However, upon closer examination, burn injuries were observed on young Tashai, her mother and grandmother – who were then transported to hospital.
Tashai and her mother received third degree burns to over 70% of their bodies and were admitted in serious condition.
The grandmother received minor burns to her right hand and was treated and subsequently released.
Tashai succumbed to her injuries around 11pm, on Wednesday, November 28.
Jamaica Today understands that little Tashai’s injuries were so substantial that she was unable to breathe without a respirator.
Principal of St Hugh’s High Elaine Cunningham says the news of Tashai death has rocked the school.
In an interview with Jamaica Today, Cunningham said that Tashia was an exemplary Grade 10 student, who got along well with teachers and fellow students and was on the Honor Roll at the institution.
“The students – everybody is in mourning. We are putting in place some counselling initiatives operated by the Ministry of Education and the church. We’re just devastated, there is no good word to describe how we’re feeling at the moment,” she said Thursday.
“Tashai was a student that was well loved by everyone and every category of staff. She was a cheerleader and she is on our Honor Roll. We are really devastated,” Cunningham told Jamaica Today.
Cunningham added that at the moment some students have been inconsolable in light of Tashai’s death as they fail to understand why bad things happen to good people.
“I’m trying to help the girls to deal with this kind of loss,” she told Jamaica Today.