Jealousy and obsession may have played a big part in the murders of 19-year-old nursing student Franciena Johnson and her cousin Nordia Fearon.
The Clarendon police have named Johnson’s boyfriend, Ricardo Grey, as a person of interest in the murders.
According to a report from the Jamaica Observer:
Relatives of the victims informed the popular newspaper that Grey was “very jealous” of Johnson and that he didn’t want her talking to anyone.
“Franciena had issues with her boyfriend,” said a cousin. “He kept threatening that he’s going to kill her if she leaves.” (Franciena and boyfriend Ricardo Grey pictured below)
They related instances when Grey allegedly assaulted Johnson, including an incident at a dance they had attended before Johnson migrated to the United States to live with her mother over a year ago.
The grandmother said that about two years ago Johnson visited her with a swollen face and refused to say what had happened.
“I said to her, ‘I know that you were fighting or your boyfriend beat you up’, but she didn’t respond,” the elderly Johnson told the Sunday Observer.
She said she told her granddaughter to take Grey to her, which she did. She said she scolded Grey and asked him why he assaulted the person he claimed to love, but he kept his head hung and said nothing.
At the end of it all, Johnson said, she told Grey, “If you find that you and her can’t [get along] leave her out, but don’t put back your hand on her.”
Ironically, Johnson said that when she first met Grey, after hearing that he was in a relationship with her granddaughter, she told him that she didn’t “send her out to look boyfriend” and asked him to “take care of her and don’t ill treat her”. His response, she said, was that he loved her granddaughter.
The woman said she found it strange that Grey had picked up Johnson at the airport when she arrived on the island on Thursday and that no one has seen him in the area since the bodies were found and that he called no one in the family to enquire about what had happened.
A cousin of the teen said that Grey had picked up Johnson and Fearon in May Pen on Friday evening.
But while Grey may not have called any relatives of Johnson, he was actively making postings on his Facebook wall. He didn’t address comments from Johnson’s friends who wanted to know what had happened.
“2day mek 3 years now mi an u a tlk y u affi left mi 2 day crying…,” he said in one post.
“Candy no,” he said in another.
In another set of postings a Facebook friend said she heard that Johnson was killed by her boyfriend.
Another friend told her that “Liston is her boyfriend”.
Grey, who appears on Facebook as Liston Dixon, posted in response, “yes she is mi wife an dem kill r crying…”
The Facebook friend, who said she heard that the boyfriend did the killing, later responded: “I know that’s y I was puzzled.”
A cousin of Johnson’s told the Sunday Observer that she had broken off the relationship with Grey but still had him listed on her Facebook page as her boyfriend.
A funeral service for Johnson is scheduled for Saturday at a location to be announced.
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