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Where is the ‘outrage’ for Jamal S. Smith’s death?- Hon Fraser

- said VI must especially protect its people with ‘bright futures’
April 10th, 2024 | Tags: Jamal S. Smith outrage death HOA Julian Fraser
Noting that the [British] Virgin Islands has lost a valuable citizen with the death of Jamal S. Smith (left), Third District Representative and Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA has said it is concerning that he is not seeing expressions of outrage over the demise of the local attorney. Photo: GIS/YouTube
The late Jamal S. Smith was the Founder and Principal of Thornton Smith law firm, which is highly respected in the fields of corporate law and intellectual property rights. Photo: Team of Reporters
The late Jamal S. Smith was the Founder and Principal of Thornton Smith law firm, which is highly respected in the fields of corporate law and intellectual property rights. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that the [British] Virgin Islands has lost a valuable citizen with the death of Jamal S. Smith, Third District Representative and Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA has said it is concerning that he is not seeing expressions of outrage over the demise of the local attorney.

Mr Smith was discovered dead at his Manuel Hill home with apparent gunshot wounds on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

Extending condolences to the family and friends of Mr Smith during the Continuation of the Ninth Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly (HoA) on April 9, 2024, Hon Fraser said Mr Smith had a bright future ahead of him.

“We extend our sympathies, we shared our grief, we talked about the loss to the community but I haven’t seen expressions of outrage.

“And Madam Speaker, there is a lot of that to go around.”

Many unanswered questions

The veteran legislator said he is still searching for answers to his many questions surrounding Mr Smith’s death.

“You would ask yourself the questions and there are no answers. I would say those who have the answers aren’t giving them. You ask yourself the question why? Why does someone with so much to offer? Why does someone with so much promise? Why does someone who the community has so much to gain from has to be snatched away so soon, even in terms that are mysterious?

“Why is it that we can’ understand what is happening or what has happened?”

Hon Fraser then referenced a similar situation when a young local attorney Mr Kendoy Penn was also killed.

Penn was shot several times in his vehicle in the vicinity of his home in Old Plantation, East End on Sunday, September 19, 2005. He succumbed three days later.

“And I hope that things like these don’t happen in the future. I hope that whatever steps can be made or taken to ensure that those who have bright futures ahead of them are able to realise them and that the territory can benefit in a way that it should,” Hon Fraser said.

33 Responses to “Where is the ‘outrage’ for Jamal S. Smith’s death?- Hon Fraser”

  • perhaps (10/04/2024, 12:32) Like (64) Dislike (3) Reply
    There's so much outrage, about so many things in the community, people have no more left.

    Fraser, as a leader, where is your outrage? We can't see it.
  • jack@$$ (10/04/2024, 12:42) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our outrage expires after 48hrs and then we forget all about it and move on to the next new thing to be outraged about. It's the effect of social media on our brains as our attn spans and focus are a milli-fraction of what our fore-parents had.

    Penn's murderer was never brought to light, they continued to move thru society like nothing happened probably because of who they were associated with and this may be similar. It is truly unfortunate that the man called the police for help and was left to die alone and not found for days. Where is the investigation into this matter, or the suspension of those negligent officers while this is being inquired about? There is a real double standard here fueled by our social & political ignorance. My condolences to his friends and family once again.
  • Albion (10/04/2024, 12:50) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    He should be outraged telling his people he can’t help them and blaming the government now I am outraged that’s why I voting for his name sake
  • poor political leadership (10/04/2024, 13:04) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    the modern day political leaders afraid to speak out because they run the risk of losing votes on election day

    pinch the district 3 rep then remind him that the VIP running the land because fraser marlon and ronnie all wanted to be premier

    Where is the outrage
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (10/04/2024, 13:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do some of our political leaders know what the meaning of English word rage? With all the rage that are continue happening on this earth, the BVI included, what more outrage does he want from us?

    Of course I know what he wanted to say, but outrage. Ok. Maybe he want to become the "outrage" leader. Oops! The devil already got that position for himself.

    All crime are the outward manifestations of selfishness. The cure for selfishness is genuine. Can you see where I am coming from?
  • WEW (10/04/2024, 13:56) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Those people that might not have the opportunity to have a bright future because they don't have a BIG ISLAND NAME will be left oppressed bu the same. will not be "PROTECTED" ?
  • agreed (10/04/2024, 14:22) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    How about the outrage for Sleeping Ronnie and a lying and promising only No action VIP.. Outrage fir the sinking country and failing HOA.
  • herbs power (10/04/2024, 14:49) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am always in an outrage when driving through sea cows bay with those bad roads..
  • Mmh (10/04/2024, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    We are on our own. Might as well start campaigning for firearm licensing because all we will hear is people getting picked off one by one in coward ambushes over and over 100+ unsolved, it will continue until they start preying on stores (oh wait) & women. & then we will watch it happen as usual... or finally fight back & defend ourselves.

    There is no outrage or justice left unless you pick up a weapon and go avenge him yourself that's to be frank. Its sad.

    If was my brother and know who did I have no gun but they would be dropping down id get creative like the British Q & if I see em in the super market isle by surprise aint no going to come back or wait no no no break a hot sauce & champagne bottle to the head, headbutts to the nose, gouging eyes, biting ears no holds barred. Either not walking away or walk away with trauma & wish it never happened. Coward Freddy... meet Jason. That is my outrage. All they can do is pull a trigger like a coward or they'd be jumping people with sticks already.

    Its funny we call ourselves Christian but will say leave it to god as a easy fix. Jesus said aint no greater love than one to lay his life down for another... God said thou shall not kill. OK put them on a feeding tube for life! When that guy from the bible found his woman was raped he killed all of them.

    We have to be our own warrior & protector... this system is a complete joke but why should he be murdered and his people dont know who did it, we are slack and not watching each other's back.

    Why the Fox do the main roads not have cameras at intersection, we must be idiots to have no solution after 100+ unsolved murders.

    No shot spotter. No security at all besides community spirit. I used to be against the illegal guns and I am but we need licensing & training for our people. Secure ourselves from gang superiority. Put the people on equal footing.

    Eventually every day joe's & women will be going to buy weapons because not all of the people are foolish enough to allow security to be a fairy tale, they want real protection.

    As far as bright future you dont know how people will turn out every person's future is bright until its snuffed out unfairly, even the past premier may come out of jail actually preaching.
  • Cindy (10/04/2024, 15:10) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    He waited two weeks after the death to say something, so he himself is showing no outrage
  • Mmh (10/04/2024, 15:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Throw back when Cain killed Abel and God asked where is Abel? The murderer said "what am I his keeper?" Same mentality. There is no outrage because people believe that's not their concern when someone preys on their neighbor.

    Palestine could go up in flames, man killing man nothing to do with us. Were a hurricane or earthquake to hit and we rush to send aid & raise funds.

    Same with Haiti. Earthquake 1 day, send funds! Gangs killing & torturing people 24/7, "what, am I their keeper?"
  • OUTRAGE ? (10/04/2024, 15:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • bigboomboomandrew (10/04/2024, 15:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The same place the outrage was for Trinity (R.I.E.P)
  • ausar (10/04/2024, 16:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can understand the level of frustration, and angst at not being able to find the perpetrator of this crime..

    .But what I don't understand, is why, a representative, would consider only those with letters behind their names, as having brighter futures that need better protection than the unlettered population!

    All citizens of these islands have bright futures!

    And I believe if we spent more time encouraging persons of their worth, perhaps, the seemingly, unwavering need for increased criminal display, could be a thing of the past!
  • @ AUSAR (10/04/2024, 17:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    So you yo nicing ir up , that was gently put , we can still see through your disguise ????
  • Anonymous (10/04/2024, 18:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Of course we are outraged to know you want to run again
  • Guilty (10/04/2024, 20:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was murdered on 12 March. On 6 March a billion dollar cocaine shipment was interdicted in BVI waters. The boat and drugs were captured but the alleged 3 smugglers escaped. To most intelligent people on earth there is an OBVIOUS connection between the unsolved execution murder and the drug bust. Appears there are very few intelligent politicians in D3.
    • @guilty (10/04/2024, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Just exactly are you saying? Spell it out. What connection are you specifically making so that people like myself can understand what you are saying here. It would be helpful for those of us who is trying to make sense of this murder. Thanks in advance.
  • It's gotten too common now (10/04/2024, 21:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The murders have become commonplace, people have adapted to it as normal now, that's why there's no outrage.
  • Maria Louisa Varlack (11/04/2024, 06:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    can't you see that the bvi is messed up. i was born 56 years ago in road town tortola bvi and now i can clearly see that there is nothing over there in the bvi but drugs gun and crime. paradise has been losed. the bvi is no longer pristine and the bvi is no longer nature's little secret. it is nothing but a territory of political corruption and police corruption. compare the bvi to 50 years ago and now look what is taking place in the territory. look back 50 years ago and tell yourself that you don't see that something is obviously wrong in the bvi.
    • Umm (11/04/2024, 09:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Miss when last you been BVI? Talking nonsense about all you can see over “there”. There are still all lot of positives “over here” being done by hard working law abiding citizens. The media rarely publishes the positive so don’t judge just because of what you hear and read.
  • Maria Louisa Varlack (11/04/2024, 07:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    don't you see and understand that this is terrorism. this terrorism towards bvi islander.
  • facts (11/04/2024, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fit to be the premier for the rest dont care
  • @OUTRSGE? (11/04/2024, 10:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Three were shot,but it was Trinity and her godfather, Mr.Penn that died. They were driving home and did not trouble anyone and about 4 scums of the earth forced them to stop and opened fire on the jeep without knowing who was inside....the story gets more heartbreaking, so let's move on. That was in 2017 & we are now in 2024 and even though we tend to see a lack of interest in law enforcement, one way or the next, justice WILL come! And it's good to see people still continue to remember the victims......There is NO HONOR in killing an innocent CHILD!!! Many of us who went up to the school to drop off or pick up our kids and got to interact with her will tell you, she was such a beautiful & sweet little girl who liked giving hugs. But I teared up when one teacher said she would share her breakfast and not keep any for herself. R.I.P little Angel. God is always in control.
  • To outrsge (11/04/2024, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bumpy and boys papus son dead now, shoot up the wrong jeep. That lady that lives one of them was slim
  • lol (11/04/2024, 19:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    COI was supposed to rid of us of these outrageous politicians.
  • Norris Turnbull (11/04/2024, 22:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Fraser......There us mo class distinción when it comes to murder. I'll just rest this here.
  • meh (12/04/2024, 09:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sigh. Every time a local politician speaks, the boundless idiocy just leaks out all over the place.

    These people don’t have persons advising them on how best not to look like the complete and utter fools they are?

    wtf the UK even doing? Anyone with half a brain can see these clowns incompetency forever stuck at the bottom of society.
  • fraser boi (15/04/2024, 11:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    boi fraser you should of been saying this when yall pass that greedy bill

    when yall hand out grants to family and close friend

    when yall keep renting building of friends and family for your workers instead of fixing your own or building one

    when yall refuse to get outside help to fix roads bcuz your close friend/ family benefiting from them contracts

    when big drew went states for drugs deals at our expense

    and on and on and on.... where was yall outrage then???

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