'It was somebody she knew and it's somebody she trusted': Mother of New York City model, 26, slain in Jamaica speaks out as uncle says police are looking for two women to question
- Desiree Gibbon, 26, was found dead on the island of Jamaica on Sunday?
- Locals found the model's body in some bushes in the town of Anchovy, with her throat slashed
- On Friday, Gibbon's uncle said police told him that they were looking for two women they believe may be connected with the crime?
- Back in Gibbon's home of Queens, New York, her mother said she thinks it was someone she knows
- 'It wasn’t a random act of violence. It somebody she knew and it’s somebody she trusted,' Andrea Gibbon said
- Gibbon was spending about a month in Jamaica and hoped to get a bartending job to help pay for film school in Europe
- Her father is Jamaican and she was staying at a resort in Montego Bay owned by her grandmother?
The uncle of murdered Desiree Gibbon (pictured) says a police officer told him they were looking to question two women in her death
The family of a New York City woman who was murdered on the island of Jamaica this weekend believe she knew the person who beat her up and slashed her throat.?
Desiree Gibbon, 26, was spending about a month on her father's home island, staying at a hotel that her grandmother owns in the tourist destination of Montego Bay.?
The model was looking for work as a bartender so that she could go to film school in Europe to hone her craft as a documentary filmmaker.?
But on Sunday, residents in the town of Anchovy found Gibbon's remains in some bushes on the side of the road. She had been badly beaten and her throat was been slashed.?
Days later, her family are still struggling to come up with an explanation for what happened.?
Her mother Andrea Gibbon, back in Queens, New York, spoke to reporters and said she thinks that whoever is responsible knew her daughter.?
'My belief is it was a cold, calculated, planned out murder,' she told CBS New York. 'It wasn’t a random act of violence. It is somebody she knew, somebody she trusted, and somebody who betrayed her.'
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Gibbon's mother, Andrea Gibbon, said she thinks someone who knew her daughter is behind the crime?
She added to ABC: 'She has family down there. She has cousins. She met a lot of new people that she had been hanging out for the last three weeks or so. So, she was comfortable with these new people she had met.'?
Her father, who didn't give his name, told the Jamaica Observer that he believes his daughter was 'lured' from her grandmother's hotel 'because she had nothing on her'.?
Her mother added that Gibbon was especially safe when travelling. ?
'She never traveled by herself. She didn't leave the hotel by herself. She always left with somebody,' Andrea Gibbon said. 'They would take a car service provided by the hotel and the same driver would take them and drop them and bring them back.'
Her mother is also skeptical that she would have visited a small town like Anchovy, which is about four miles from her grandmother's hotel in Montego Bay.?
The model was found on the side of a road a few miles from Montego Bay on the Caribbean country's north coast
'In a bush in the country where she would never have traveled, not ever. It was an isolated desolate area, nothing there,' she said.?
Gibbon's uncle Claude also spoke out, and said police officers told him that they were looking for two women they think might be connected to the crime.?
Claude Gibbon says he was the first person in the family to find out about Desiree's death, when a police officer came to the hotel with a picture of her dead body and asked him to identify it.
'The officer who came here told me he had people to question two young ladies,' he told the New York Daily News.?
Gibbon was spending about a month on the island and staying at a hotel owned by her grandmother
Claude added that nothing seemed out of the ordinary in the days before his niece's disappearance.?
'She was gone for a few days, but it wasn't anything that was uncommon,' he said. 'She'd sometimes go in and out.'
He says he grew worried when she didn't return on Monday. ?
Authorities have released no information on any leads they are pursuing.?
Gibbon's mother hopes that her daughter fought back and has some DNA of her killer left on her body. ?
'I’m hoping that in her fight, she has obtained some DNA, whether under her fingernails, on her body or her teeth, somewhere,' she told NBC New York.?
Gibbon's father said she had a 'heart of gold' and that everyone loved her. Her mother described her as 'beautiful' and a 'free spirit'.?
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two younger sisters, ages 18 and 14.
'More than anything in life I think she loved traveling and meeting new people and listening to what their stories are,' her mom told ABC. ??
'She had planned to go to film school. She wanted to direct movies. But she wanted to earn money for it, she didn't want us to pay for it. She wanted to make it on her own,' her mom added.?
A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise money for Gibbon's family to fly down to Jamaica to retrieve her body and for her funeral. The fund has raised more than $23,000 as of Friday afternoon. ??
The gorgeous Gibbon (shown left on her GoFundMe page) was looking for a bartending job that would help her raise money to attend film school in Europe
Gibbon's parents say she was lured out of the hotel because she had nothing on her when she was found dead?
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