Andrea Gibbon reportedly made the declaration at a funeral service for her daughter Desiree Gibbon in Queens, New York on Saturday – two days before Christmas.
“She wanted to be there… She was Jamaican,” the mother was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying during a powerful eulogy.
“She had been there many times. Maybe seven or eight times … with her siblings, and many of her friends,” Andrea Gibbon reportedly said as tears flowed freely inside the Incarnation Catholic Church.
Desiree Gibbon, 26, was found with her throat slashed in bushes along the roadway in Anchovy, St James on November 26.
According to the police, Desiree Gibbon arrived in Jamaica on the 20th October and was given a three months stay in the country. Since her arrival, she had obtained a Tax Registration Number (TRN) and was actively seeking employment, investigators said.
She had been staying at the family’s resort in Montego Bay with the hopes of making a documentary in Jamaica.
Andrea Gibbon reportedly described her daughter as adventurous.
“She didn’t want to go to the touristy areas of anywhere she went. She wanted to go to the heart of the country and see what it was really like,” the mother said, according to the New York Daily News.
Jamaican police have been criticised by Andrea Gibbon for their handling of the case, with the mother of the slain model describing local lawmen as being “shabby”.
There have been no arrests in the case as yet.