$6000 raised for Jamaica crash victims


Some $6,000 has been presented to a Brampton family whose relatives were killed in a vehicular accident in Jamaica over the Christmas holidays.


Garieno “Keil” Dixon, 27, Nadeen “Diane” Dixon, 32, and Keil Dixon’s mother, Marie Myrie-Smith, 45, and the couple’s two-year-old son, Nekeil, were killed in a horrific crash in St. Catherine, a parish 30 kilometres west of Kingston.

The Brampton family was rushing to hospital with the child who was suffering from breathing problems. Less than five minutes away from home, the car collided head on with a truck, police said. The driver of the car was attempting to overtake a line of traffic.

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), in collaboration with community partners, CHRY 105.5FM, the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association, the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Association, Total Prayz Media & Marketing Group and Vision 4 Life Production, raised the money at a fundraising concert at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s centre, 995 Arrow Road earlier this month.

The outpouring of support for the family was evident as hundreds came out to pay their respects including Jamaica consul in Toronto, Nadine Mendez, who offered condolences on behalf of the Jamaican government, JCA president, Audrey Campbell and members, Sylvanus Thompson, Adaoma Patterson and Dwaine Osbourne.

“The overwhelming response to the Dixon family tragedy is a shining example of the caring nature of our community”, said Campbell. “What affects one, affects all.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family …”.

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