‘My Most Painful Moment’: A Sister is Grief Stricken Over the Loss of 43-Year-Old Jason Whitfield
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Jason Whitfield was known for his dedicated work in the Passport office and his murder evoked strong emotions from his eldest sister.
Natika Whitfield said she identified his body after he was killed around 7 am on Saturday and described it as the “most painful” moment of her life.
“I just identified my baby brother,” she said on Monday. I hardly recognized him. That was the most painful twenty minutes of my life.”
She continued, “Just know that God neither sleeps nor slumbers.”
The 43-year-old, a senior clerk, was found shot to death in a government vehicle in the Garden Hills area during the early mornings. Natika and her father Dr Patrick Whitfield sought to put to rest speculations that may have arisen due to his line of work.
Natika said, “My brother couldn’t sign passports. He’s the reason plenty of y’all got your passports quickly. Remember all the praise y’all was giving the passport office?”
“If you know him, he’s a stand-up kind of guy. I have no reason to believe that he was anything else than what he portrayed,” Dr Whitfield told the Nassau Guardian.
He described a close relationship with his son stating that Whitfield often shared his problems and showed no indication that something may be wrong.
“If you know him, you know he was a very nice guy, always helping people,” his father said as he grappled with the loss.
“There was never any sort of indication that he was more than he showed to people, in terms of being very nice.”
Friend Simon Allen agreed. “He was very helpful and pleasant, always a gentleman.”
Carron Ellis witnessed Whitfield’s love for his job. “I was just at the Passport Office and he assisted me simply by allowing me to apply for a first-time applicant even though they had already issued all the numbers for the day and it was still very early in the morning.
“Talk about the level of competence and compassion he brought to that place and not even looking for favors.”
Minique Alexandrea mourned, “He barely wanted to take a vacation or even downtime when not feeling well, worrying about people getting sorted out and meeting deadlines. He was at that office before and after his shift.”
Authorities have not reported a motive for the latest murder and have yet to make an arrest. They are asking the public for assistance.