Grieving Mother Frustrated with Bermuda Police Service Sanya Gibbs first found out that her oldest son Laje Franklin had been shot and killed from a close friend, not from the Bermuda Police Service.
It is now three days later and according to her, she has not spoken with any police detective and could barely hear the liaison officer when they spoke on the phone. Ms. Gibbs was then told that the family would not be able to identify Mr. Franklin until April 20, 11 days from now, at the earliest.
“ While I understand that they are preserving my son for evidence and I want the person [ responsible for the shooting] to be caught, this is our son and Larry’s only child,” she said. “ He was my first baby and we need to identify him, not the Bermuda Police Service.”
Ms. Gibbs wants to know what kind of charade the BPS is running to prevent grieving parents from seeing their deceased children.
“ We are suffering now because of the way our son was killed; they murdered him,” she said. “ At least let us have some relief and let us see him, so we can begin to process that our baby is not coming home.”
Ms. Gibbs has not received a phone call from the newly appointed National Security Minister Michael Weeks yet either, after being told that he would call her.
“ [I don’t feel like] there is any privacy for us as the parents to make sure that this investigation is not impeded, people are just telling the business of what happened to him, yet they are not giving me, his mother, any details of what happened to my son,” she said.
Ms. Gibbs still has a huge amount of respect for the police, as her father was also a police officer, so I understand when it comes to this investigation.
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