Kingston, Jamaica – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFATA), has confirmed that one of the 17 students killed by Nikolas Cruz in the Parkland school shooting last Wednesday, Helena Ramsey, 17, is of Jamaican ancestry.
We extend deepest condolences to our Jamaican brothers and sisters and the families and friends of all victims as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. We continue to pray that the students, faculty and families who have been affected will find strength to overcome this traumatic and horrific experience. – Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs
A release from the Ministry confirmed that they received the information about Helena’s identity following constant communication between the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami and the Country and Federal offices. The statement also pointed out that Parkland has a small population of Jamaicans or persons of Jamaican heritage.
Ambassador Audrey Marks in a Facebook post expressed her condolences to the family of young Helena and all those who lost loved ones in the attack, shortly after the event.
A relative of Helena, Curtis Page Jr. posted on Facebook that he was struggling with the idea that she was gone and noted that she was planning to attend college next year.
Helena was a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was some what reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone. – Curtis Page Jr.