Hundreds of Anguillians wearing white and carrying candles came together at the Caribbean Commercial Complex on the evening of Thursday, September 12, in a candle-light vigil for Taitu Kai Goodwin.
ANGUILLA–Hundreds of Anguillians wearing white and carrying candles came together at the Caribbean Commercial Complex on the evening of Thursday, September 12 to grieve the passing of 27-year-old Taitu Kai Goodwin. Tragically murdered in the early hours on Monday, September 9, her death has shocked, rocked and touched Anguilla to its core.
A 15-minute procession, led by present and past Anguilla Carnival Queens who linked arms, walked quietly from the gathering point up to the Government complex which houses the Court and Police Station, and returned to the Caribbean Commercial Complex. With more people joining the vigil and night falling, church leaders and friends took turns to speak of the many facets of her outstanding character and her bright light that was tragically distinguished. The subdued crowd seemed to find shared comfort in the presence of communal grieving, song and remembrances.
Goodwin, born in Antigua, moved to Anguilla with her mother at an early age. Excelling academically in school, she went on to capture the 2012 Miss Anguilla carnival queen title. She then furthered her academic and professional studies, gaining a Masters of Law degree (LLM) in International Commercial Law. Prior to her death, she held the position of Trade and Investment Officer in the Anguilla Government’s Ministry of Finance.
Every person remembering Goodwin mentioned her intelligence, her smile, her laugh, her grace and the positive light that she brought to everyone and every situation. Her death has reignited the discussion of domestic violence and ways to address and eradicate it.
Glenville Hodge has already been arrested and jailed for her murder.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/90880-remembrance-walk-vigil-for-taitu-kai-goodwin