NEW YOR (JIS) – Thursday, August 24, 2006
A Jamaican woman found dead in her New York apartment a fortnight ago, will be given a decent burial after all.
The woman, Vyris Campbell, also known as ‘Miss Millie’ and is originally from the district of Glengoffe, St. Catherine, was found dead in her Sydney Avenue, Mt. Vernon apartment on Thursday, August 10, 2006 of apparent heat exhaustion.
The Mt. Vernon Police Department is continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death and have so far ruled out foul play.
With no known relatives in the US, there was concern that the city would dispose of the body at Potters’ Row, the graveyard of the unknown.
That’s when a group of concerned Jamaicans led by the Rev. Samuel Simpson of the Wake-Eden Baptist Circuit and Chairman of the Bronx Clergy Coalition, Bronx, and Hyacinth Bloomfield of the Jamaica Independence Anniversary Committee (JIAC) jumped into action.
Mt. Vernon City officials will release the body into the care of the McCall-Bronxwood Funeral Home, Bronx, which has joined the effort. She will be buried on Monday, August 28, 2006 in Lowell Grove, Totowa, New Jersey in a plot donated by Bronx resident, Sadie Campbell, President of the Jamaica Progressive League (JPL).
To support the effort, you may call Rev. Samuel Simpson at 718-325-8711 or Hyacinth Bloomfield at 718-324-3580.