2017-12-06 / Features

Hollis Woman Killed In Jamaica

Questions remain surrounding the death of a 26-year-old Queens woman whose remains were found on November 27 on the island of Jamaica, in the small northwestern town of Anchovy, about four miles from Montego Bay.

Residents of the town discovered the body of Desiree Gibbons just after 7:30 a.m. on November 27 along a rural road dubbed Long Hill and alerted police, according to the LoopJamaica.com website.

Residents spotted Gibbons’ body in some bushes on the roadside, her throat slashed, Jamaican police said. The local coroner will determine the cause of death.

Gibbons, whose nickname was “Desi,” grew up in Hollis, and attended the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Long Island City for one year, a family friend said. She graduated from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside. Her grandmother owns a hotel on the island, where Gibbons stayed while searching for a job as a bartender, the family said. She was hoping to save enough money to attend film school in Europe. Gibbons, who was born in the United States, was in Jamaica on a three-month visa, according to the LoopJamaica website.

Gibbons competed in beauty pageants and worked as a model and actor for most of her life, a family friend said. “We are at a loss to understand how she suffered such a brutal death,” the friend said.

Gibbons’ aunt, Peggy Brunner, set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money they need to bring her body home and help pay for funeral expenses.

“I’m asking you all to please help me and my sister at this very difficult and heartbreaking time,” Brennan wrote. “My niece was murdered in Jamaica very brutally and we need to get her home as soon as possible. Please help! Thank You.”

As of December 1 the page had raised more than $18,000 of the $20,000 needed.

Jamaican police told local reporters the murder remains under investigation.

—Liz Goff

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