Slain youth leader Linus Constantine will be laid to rest on Thursday, October 16.
Mother of the deceased Julianna Goolaman told St Lucia News Online (SNO) that Constantine’s funeral service will be held at the SDA Church on High Street, Castries, at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at Choc’s Burial Ground.
Police officials confirmed on October 9 that the decomposed body found on Marisule beach, Gros Islet on April 15, 2014 is that of Constantine, who was reported missing around the time the body was discovered.
Several forensic tests and analysis – thumbs prints, teeth and DNA samples – were done to determine that the decomposed body matched Constantine. Assistance was sought from a local retired police inspector and expert advice from the Royal Grenada Police Force, who conducted separate tests and later found that the fingerprints matched.
A post mortem conducted on Constantine’s body by Pathologist Dr. Stephen King revealed that he died of extensive head injuries secondary to blunt force trauma.
Commissioner of Police Vernon Francois said the matter will be aggressively pursued now that the identity of the decomposed body matches that of Constantine.
Police have since interviewed one suspect who was later released. Goolaman had told SNO in a previous interview that the family is relieved that the police have been able to identify Constantine’s body. However, Goolaman firmly believes that her family will not get the justice they deserve in the matter. She said the slow justice system is the main reason why she thinks the family will not get justice.
Constantine was the chairman of Youth Talk and a member of the National Youth Council.