A Hollis woman was brutally murdered on the island of Jamaica earlier this week, and now her family is raising funds to pay for her funeral.
Desiree Gibbon, 26, was found dead on the side of the road with her throat slashed on Sunday. The Daily News reported that residents of the rural town of Anchovy, which is about about 4 miles from Montego Bay, found Gibbon’s body and alerted the police.
Police identified Gibbon’s body by taking her photo to hotels in the Montego Bay area, one of which was her grandmother’s hotel. The coroner will determine Gibbon’s cause of death.
A graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Gibbon was a beauty contest contestant, model and actress.
According to published reports, Gibbon flew down to Jamaica on Oct. 20 and stayed at her grandmother’s hotel while she was looking for work to save money for film school in Europe. She was due to return to the United States on Thursday.
A GoFundMe page was set up by Gibbon’s aunt to raise money for the cost of her funeral and bringing her body home. Within two days they have raised over $23,000 from 464 donors.