We mourn the passing away of Scout Jasmine Lowe
She was just thirteen years old with a bright future ahead but her life was taken away senselessly and now all we have left, are the fun and lovely memories of our dear Scout sister Jasmine Lowe.
On Monday June 4, 2012, The Scout Association hosted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon lighting celebrations at the Governor-General’s field in the capital city of Belmopan.
What turned out to be a very successful event organized by Group Scout Leader Cecilia Flowers of the 27th Cayo Jaguars Scout Group ended with the tragic news the following day June 5, that Jasmine Lowe, a member of the Jaguars Scout Group who was scheduled to be a part of the official Beacon program and say the Queen’s prayer but never showed up at the specific time, was reported missing.
Jasmine Receiving Leadership Training Certificate
Sadly, her lifeless body was found on June 6 sometime after mid-day. After an inconclusive autopsy, she was laid to rest at the family’s farm in Barton Creek. Officers of The Scout Association attended the funeral service along with Scouts from the 27th Jaguars Scout Group, (Jasmine's Scout Group) and Scouts from 5th Cayo Our Lady of Guadalupe, Belmopan. It was a sad moment for all of us as we paid our last tribute and respect to Jasmine. "MAY SHE REST IN PEACE"
Jasmine developing the skill of knots tying
This hideous act committed on our SCOUT sister Jasmine Lowe was never foreseen. Jasmine was a very smart individual and strong negotiator, full of adventure and love for her brother and sister Scouts. She would always go that extra mile to help anyone in time of need and at camps she would always do her best at any responsibility assigned to her.
The question that is in most people’s mind NOW is what can we do as Scouts and as communities to voice our concern and find some solution to the current increase in crime in our country. We believe now much more than ever, that our voices need to be heard; that we need to take action to combat this prevailing problem in our society.
Jasmine with fellow Patrol Leaders at the 2012 Unit Council Course
With this in mind, and as a first step The Scout Association in collaboration with Cornerstone Foundation will be having a candlelight vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 9, 2012 in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. Invited speakers will be talking out against the violence and exploitation of our children and in particular the recent murder of our own Scout Jasmine Lowe. Other plans include the lobbying for concrete laws that will ensure safer transportation for young people whenever using a taxi or public transportation. This, among other steps, will be tabled for discussion with the hope that an incident of this nature never again happens in our communities.
Jasmine, our salute of farewell to you
Jasmine - We will never forget you, rest in peace!!!
Photo credits: Diego Grajales
Hilberto B. Riverol