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Beulah staff miss slain shining star Rafaella at graduation ceremony

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Beulah staff miss slain shining star Rafaella at graduation ceremony

An empty chair among young graduates at Beulah All-Age and Infant School’s graduation on Friday was a stark reminder of the brutal murder of five-year-old Rafaella Smith, one of the victims of the Cocoa Piece bloodbath that jolted the nation on June 21

An empty chair among young graduates at Beulah All-Age and Infant School’s graduation on Friday was a stark reminder of the brutal murder of five-year-old Rafaella Smith, one of the victims of the Cocoa Piece bloodbath that jolted the nation on June 21.

Rafaella’s 12-year-old sister, Sharalee Smith, was also a student at the school, which is located in New Longville in north-central Clarendon.

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The siblings, their mother, Kemesha Wright, 31; their older sister, Kimanda Smith, 15; and 23-month-old half-brother, Kishawn Henry Jr, were found at their New Road home with their throats slashed.

Rushane Barnett, 23, has been charged with the gruesome murders.

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A cloud of sadness dampened the usually celebratory spirit associated with the event, as there were several moments of silence to remember the slain children.

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