The family of the late Jodian Fearon in a public statement issued by their lawyer tonight (April 26) has asked fellow Jamaicans to respect their privacy.

The family also asked that Jodian’s life or her legacy not to be tarnished by the use of her death as a tool for political or partisan purposes as Jodian was neither.

The full statement by the family is published below.

As the circumstances of Jodian’s death has attracted national attention, the family feels compelled to first thank those who have expressed their sincere condolences.

It is difficult to reconcile the conflicting joy of a new addition to the family while simultaneously grieving the untimely loss of Jodian who was just shy of turning 24 years-old.

The family however asks that its privacy be respected as it seeks to come to terms with what has transpired and to obtain answers from the relevant authorities.

The family also does not want Jodian’s life or her legacy to be tarnished by the use of her death as a tool for political or partisan purposes as Jodian was neither.

We therefore implore everyone to not diminish her memory by doing otherwise.

The family also appreciates that given the context of Jamaica’s fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, and the spotlight on our healthcare system, there is national interest in knowing the circumstances of Jodian’s death and how it could have been avoided.

It is for that reason that the family has decided that it will be seeking an independent pathologist and medical observer to work alongside the medical team(s) who will be dealing with Jodian’s body.

The family has also retained the services of an attorney-at-law, Mr Isat Buchanan, who will be advising the family of their options during the process.

Finally, the family welcomes the public commitment by the Government to have a thorough and complete investigations into the circumstances which led to Jodian’s death, and also hopes that a review of the systems and protocols is also underway to prevent another occurrence.

The family reiterates its call for privacy and our attorney-at-law will be our only means of contact with the public should there be any future need.

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