Ministry Of Education Saddened by Murder of Vice-Principal


The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has expressed shock at the tragic news that vice-principal of Excelsior High in Kingston, Mrs Colleen Walker was shot and killed. Police reports indicate that the educator was shot several times on Thursday, April 9 while tending to her garden at home in Queensbury, St. Andrew by a man who approached her on foot.


Minister without Portfolio Karl Samuda in expressing condolences to the family and school community of Mrs. Walker, says the callous nature of her killing should be condemned by everyone in society. He is offering his prayers and support to the family of Mrs. Walker as they experience this period of unimaginable pain and grief. Minister Samuda says her death is a tragedy and has left a stain on the moral fabric of the country especially as the nation grapples a national crisis.


He says Mrs. Walker’s legacy at Excelsior High spanned over 12 years of dedicated service and sacrifice to the betterment of the institution and her students. He says past students and the present school community of Excelsior have described Mrs. Walker as a beautiful soul who was an excellent educator and enjoyed a great relationship with her colleagues.  The Minister has also offered his condolences to the community of Queensbury in St. Andrew and has called on anyone who may have information on her killing, to cooperate with the Police as they carry out their investigation.


The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will offer its support to the institution during this extremely difficult time and has secured the Services of Chooselife International, led by Dr Donovan Thomas to offer online counseling to the family and school community.