Cops Identify Person of Interest in Nicholas Francis’ Murder

The Police say they’ve identified a person of interest in the murder of Jamaica College student, 14-year old Nicholas Francis.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay is the Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit.

She says the police are not ready to name the person at this time.

Superintendent Lindsay says the police are discussing long term security measures for Jamaica College students.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit speaking with Nationwide News this morning.

Reports are that Nicholas boarded a green Toyota Coaster bus near Blue Castle Drive on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew yesterday. Soon after, a man on the bus demanded his cell phone.

Nicholas reportedly refused to hand it over. The man subsequently stabbed him in the hand and chest.

The driver of the bus took Nicholas to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

And, there’re more expressions of shock and outrage this afternoon following the stabbing death of Nicholas Francis.

Several interest groups are expressing condolences to his family and the Jamaica College community.

The Education Minister, Ruel Reid, says it’s time for Jamaicans to defeat criminality.

Mr. Reid — who’s the former Principal of Jamaica College — visited the school this morning

He says members of the society must move from talk about their hate of crime to action.

The police are also urging Jamaicans to take back the country from criminals.

The Mayor of Kingston, Dr Angela Brown Burke, is expressing outrage at Nicholas’ killing. She’s appealing to criminals to leave the nation’s children alone. She’s also expressed condolences to the parents, family and schoolmates of young Nicholas.

Mayor Brown Burke is appealing to parents to instruct their children to desist from taking cell phones to school unless it’s absolutely necessary.

The National Parent Teacher’s Association of Jamaica says it’s inviting parents to wear black as a form of protest on Monday. This, as it vows not to let Nicholas’s death go in vain.

In expressing sadness at the death of the teenager, the NPTAJ says the tragic and unfortunate incident brings to the fore, the need for an exclusive school bus system. It says this will provide a safer commute for students.

And, the National Secondary Students’ Council is renewing its call for the police to increase their patrols of buses and other areas frequently visited by students.

The Council said it’s saddened and outraged by the attack on Nicholas. It’s appealing to individuals who witnessed the incident yesterday to tell the police what they know.