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Police Officer Sergeant Francia James-Liburd suddenly passes

- Commissioner of Police ordered flags @ all police stations in the Virgin Islands to be flown @ half mast
Long serving police officer Francia James-Liburd died suddenly on Friday, October 6, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Road Town Police Station. All flags at police stations around the VI are to be flown at half mast following the passing of Sergeant Francia James-Liburd. Photo: VINO/File
The Road Town Police Station. All flags at police stations around the VI are to be flown at half mast following the passing of Sergeant Francia James-Liburd. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI-  The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, as well as immediate family and friends of Police Officer Sergeant Francia James-Liburd, are still in shock over her sudden death.

The police officer, who is described by Police Commissioner Mr Michael B. Matthews, as “a great cop with a great sense of humour” collapsed at her Fort Hill home while she was off duty on Friday night October 6, 2017.

She was rushed to Peebles Hospital and was pronounced dead. Sergeant James-Liburd was 49 and lived on the main island of Tortola.

Was to be promoted-CoP

Sergeant James-Liburd, who is originally from Antigua but came to the Virgin Islands (VI) from childhood, spent some 28 years in the police force and, according to Commissioner Matthews, “was about to be promoted to inspector.”

Mr Matthews, clearly shaken, told our newsroom in an exclusive interview that Sergeant Liburd “was a good no nonsense officer, it’s a very sad loss.”

The top Cop has also ordered all flags in the VI on police buildings to be flown half mast, in respect of the deceased officer.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend our sincere condolences to Sergeant Francia James-Liburd's immediate family and other loved ones.

9 Responses to “Police Officer Sergeant Francia James-Liburd suddenly passes”

  • west end police (08/10/2017, 13:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh No am I reading right? Just saw her last week. RIP
  • My My.. (08/10/2017, 14:14) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    She was a very good lady and a common sense Cop. I had a matter that she handled and she was so professional and persistent in getting both sides to sit down in her presenents to tell their story...No bias nobody talk behind nobody back...Since then she earned my respect as good , common sense Cop...My Deepest sympathy..
  • UKO (08/10/2017, 14:32) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really shocking, very sad indeed. May her soul rest in eternal peace in Jesus Precious and Holy Name AMEN
  • Andrew Cox Sr (08/10/2017, 18:50) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    WPC. Francis executed her lawful duties without fear or favour and my family will miss you and to all your family members be of good cheer: she stoop up for law and order in this territory: i will personally miss WPC Francis firm but fair and that is good policing
  • sad day (08/10/2017, 21:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Knew her since I was very young and she never passed me straight. Will miss her warmth, smile and laughter. Rest easy.
    • Saddened (09/10/2017, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Same here... knew her from high school days and into adulthood she became my customer. Always jolly and inviting.
  • SCB (08/10/2017, 21:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP Francia. You will be missed.
  • vex (09/10/2017, 04:43) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Seems like only the good die young
  • MS (12/10/2017, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is so hard for me to think that is Big James is it dream l dreaming or is true omg Big James you will surely miss may your soul Rest In Peace

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