“Benoit’s untimely death has stirred in me a grief and confusion”, says Gros Islet minister

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“Benoit’s untimely death has stirred in me a grief and confusion”, says Gros Islet minister
Former Minister Emma Hippolyte
Minister Emma Hippolyte

Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet Emma Hippolyte has expressed condolences to the family of Chereece Benoit who was found dead at her home in La Feuille, Monchy Thursday night.

In a Facebook post, Minister Hippolyte said: “Death is the one thing in life that is certain. However, the untimely death of Cherise Benoit has stirred in me a grief and confusion that I cannot adequately contextualise. To her family, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you. Your loss although painful can be comforted only through our Lord and Saviour. My devotions at Mass this morning were centred around the decay of our society and ended with a fervent prayer that we as a nation would re-examine our lives, that we would have greater respect for self and each other and that we may show the Love of Christ which is in all of us. ”

She added: “As I continue to read the anguish, pain, and confusion in her peers’ status, I take comfort in knowing that she was loved, that she lived and loved. As we go about our day with somber hearts, let us remember the family and friends who are suffering. Let us remember people in our neighbourhood, in our country and in our world who suffer but let us remember that the love of God will see us through. We have to believe although this time seems dark.

“I pray that whatever you choose to do with your weekend that you take some quiet time to reflect on your life and no matter how angry we get that we remember that we serve a God who loves us unconditionally. Have a safe weekend – and again, my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Cherise Benoit. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

Hippolyte is also the Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs.

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  1. HER SINS ARE FORGIVEN. EVEN IF I DID NOT KNOW HER, I FOUND HER ITEMS. SPECIAL CONDOLENCE TO HER MOTHER.

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  2. Let's all keep calm and share some light on the family, the country for peace, love and harmony. We ALL in one way or another lost a daughter from this incident.

    World Peace!!!

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  3. Aye RIP does nuttin to stop watz going on. Last yr so much RIP from everybody and luk once again. So all u cum bak RIP and condolences. DE YOUNG PPL NEED WORK. DEM TOO IDLE. WE TOO BUSY AS SENIOR CITIZEN TAKING ALL DE WRK IN DE COUNTRY. Some of us hv a job, pension, gratuity and even luking for wr/ contracts from the ministers who givin to all u, then all u singing the young ppl nah want to wrk. Shame on all u greedy ppl in loosha. Allow us the young ppl to work also. Aunty i need a contract too as a young person. I gettin idle need too eat also in dis country. I went to A level also.

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  4. Guys you so off mark. Emma is being human. Her reaction is not a political one, it is a heartfelt message of sympathy....it is not in her remit to call for anything from the police, until she comes forward representing her constituents. If she is your mp ask hrr to go to parliament and request stiffer penalties. In fact everybody who has expressed dissatisfaction go to your mp...politicians represent the populace...time to remind them

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  5. In a recent report, it states that the time of death was in the morning! Who ever did this knew the activities of the individuals in that house. They knew when each person came n left. I guarantee you they knew that young girl was alone in the house at that time. No person, whose intentions was to rob a house, would take the time out to rape a girl, tie her up, and beat her to death! When they entered that house they knew she was home alone and the sick bastards knew what they were going to do to her. They robbery was just icing on the cake for them. But I tell you, someone who is as cruel enough,heartless enough, psychotic enough to do such a thing will slip up along the way! And justice WILL be served! I do not blame no politician, no PM of St. Lucia for this tragedy. This is incident has opened the eyes of our people, especially our young folks. Whether you a drug dealer, a police officer, a student this news is enough to put your differences aside and come together and finddddd the person who did this. We need to come as one !

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  6. First let me send my condolences to the young lad family and friends. Yes C.note you put everything in their right perspective and right now ST LUCIA need alot of prayers especially for the young people. Politician who represent a parish should alocate a place where young people instead of liming around and looking for trouble can come in and learn a trade and be self enploy.Make the community centers useful.GO on the radio stations and let your voices be heard so they the politician will hear your cries.To the young ladies i would say please respect yourself and pratice the word NO to the criminals.

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  7. If u came to robe the house why didnt u spare her life i know she begged for her life yet still u had no.mercy for her. for the person or persons who committed this horrible crime on this young lady may u all hear het cries every second of yur remaining life which is not too long you all are scam dirt bags lazy cowards who pick on the weak .she should be my child im mad like hell. Lucian american

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  8. It's like every time something happens back home you hear everybody calling Lord and Christ.... even the politicians!!! where is all this Christianity when things are going smoothly...is that humility genuine or just for popularity?? what human?? what politician that have a heart?? they job is provide better living conditions... one of the problems that plague st.Lucian youths....lack of avenues, no recreational centers no programs for youth without shelter, jobs and parents!! nothing!!.. where do you want them to eat or sleep Massade is not a reintroduction to society place. it's a small prison stop! the love for politicians and even trying to attack each other for them, for a c note or some blocks to build your retaining wall.. but let's come together and support fellow st lucians...rally for the youth without shelters rally for rec centers.. rally for swimming pools in communities instead of just in Rodney Bay rally for things that will put an end to scumbags being red eye for black berries and Iphones and even have to kill for it

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  9. If people know bringing up the issue of politics will stir up an argument, why do it at all?
    Rest in peace, my friend.

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  10. what you muppets talking about. Emma H said

    "Your loss although painful can be comforted only through our Lord and Saviour"

    I don't want warm words about the 'lord' - I want to hear what she has to say about the criminal system. That is what makes victims of crime feel better, not saying pray to invisible man. The invisible man never comes.

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  11. I agree C.note. This really is not the time to bash people's belief system. Come on. Concentrate on her condolences and the point she is trying to make. John be a bit sensitive.

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  12. SO,SO SAD. I THINKOF MYSELF WHO IS SOMETIMES HOME ALON AND IT SCARES ME TO DEATH. I WILL PRAY FO=OR HER FAMILY SO THEY COULD GET COMFORT IN THE ARMS OF THE LORD.

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  13. It is disheartening to read the posts coming from fellow human beings about politicians.It doesn't matter what political party is heading this and any other country, we must realize that crime is NOT a political issue. It is a social issue and that we as parents, friends, teachers, neighbors and community members need to take control of our children.Start to instill proper morals and values in them. Teach them how to RESPECT others and most importantly themselves. Unless we do this we will not see change in this country. Stop blaming the different government officials for the situations we created and start to take control!!!
    To the family of the young lady I pray that you find strength during this arduous time and that the good Lord provide you with guidance. May her soul rest n eternal peace....

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  14. Spell the girl's name right for once!! ... You spelt it two different ways in the same passage! That is disrespectful in LIFE and even more disrespectful in death! My Goodnessss

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  15. Politicians are human, and have feelings and emotions too u idiot. This is soooo not the time for your useless comments. Maybe we need more humble and God fearing politicians as a starting point to a turnaround in this country...

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  16. Politicians are elected to enact policies for the benefit of the island. Lucians would be better served if their politicians concentrated on this and the judicial system, rather than delegating it to the Lord almighty.

    If you invested more in stopping idiots breeding idiots, society may stand a chance.

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