Tears flowed openly on Saturday at the thanksgiving service for nine-year-old Nikita Noel who was found dead in bushes at the side of a road in her home community of Kew in Hanover last month.

The grieving mother of Nikita, Nordia Edwards wants the life of the man responsible for her child’s death.

Forty-two-year-old construction worker of a Barbary Hill, Lucea address Omar Green, who was the intimate partner of Nikita’s mother, was charged with murder and rape late Thursday evening.

However, charges laid by the police against Green are not good enough for the loss of her only daughter who lived with her.

Nikita is the younger of three.

Ms. Edwards wants him dead too.

Ms. Edwards is calling for the mandatory death penalty for persons found guilty.

It was also too painful for Ms. Edwards who found it offensive to refer to Green as her daughter’s stepfather.

Nordia Edwards, the mother of Nikita Noel.

Meanwhile, attendees at Saturday’s thanksgiving service for nine-year-old Noel, say the country must act to prevent such an incident from ever happening again.

Anthonette Wright, Principal of Esher Primary School where Nikita was a student, says the incident has left the school community in a state of dream, but has also incensed them to continue with plans to offer parenting workshops.

She hopes the workshops will aid in abating the trend of violence against children.

Deputy Mayor of Lucea Andria Dehaney Grant expressed hope that the public will fight against child murders and lamented that the parish of Hanover has contributed to the increased targeting of children.

The Deputy Mayor says that she will be doing her part in commemorating the life of Nikita Noel through proposing to the Hanover Municipal Corporation that a scholarship be named in her honour.