NEW YORK -- Rosanne Small-Morgan is a writer, radio personality, wife, mom, and advocate for children with autism.
She’s also a grieving daughter, still recovering from the gruesome murder of her 73-year-old mother, Lorna Small, in April 2008 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, her birthplace.
“She was helping this young man who didn’t have a job,” Small-Morgan said of her late mother, who served as Director of Library Services — and later, founder of SVG’s National Archives.
“He was doing some painting for her,” the daughter said of her mom, who was a breast cancer survivor and “a historian to the 9th degree.”
Apparently, the young man also coveted Lorna Small’s car, and when the retiree went missing in April 2008, her car went missing, as well.
Small’s daughter received some horrific news on April 23, 2008.
“He choked her, he abducted her, he chopped her up, and then buried her in a shallow grave,” Small-Morgan said of Junior Quashie, who’s been charged with her mother’s murder. “He was deported from Canada. He came home, after committing a rash of things in Canada, and was not being monitored at all!”
Small-Morgan contacted PIX11, after watching our series of reports from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines about the Veron Primus case.
Veron Primus, 29, had been deported to his birthplace, St. Vincent, after doing prison time in New York State for violating an ‘order of protection’ secured by an ex-girlfriend.
Primus was deported to the Caribbean in June 2015, with a police record that also included two rape accusations (resulting in acquittal) and ties to an unsolved murder case.
Five months later, a St. Vincent real estate agent — Sharleen Greaves — was discovered fatally stabbed in her office.
No suspect was named at the time.
Then, in April 2016, St. Vincent police rescued a 24 year old woman who said she’s been held captive in a house where Primus was living.
Police recovered evidence linked to Greaves’ murder — and received information about a 2006 strangulation in New York linked to Primus, the death of 16-year-old Chanel Petro Nixon.
“This is a complicated situation, but there was enough ‘smoke’ there to indicate to local law enforcement that there could potentially be ‘fire’ connected to Primus,” Congressman Hakeem Jeffries remarked to PIX 11.
Jeffries represents the neighborhood in Beford Stuyvesant where Chanel Petro Nixon left home on Father’s Day 2006 to file a job application with Applebee’s restaurant.
“I think it would be appropriate for law enforcement here to convene a summit with the countries that are most often the recipients of individuals who are being deported.”
The Department of Homeland Security provided PIX 11 with statistics for 2015 showing that 139, 368 criminal non-citizens were deported last year.
Seventy-five percent of the criminal deportees sent home to Caribbean islands or Latin America came from United States prisons.
Rep. Jeffries said three Central American countries have been especially negatively impacted by the influx of criminal deportees.
“Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras….which have become some of the most violent countries in the world, often because there are people being deported from our prisons,” Jeffries said.
Congressman Peter King, the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, pointed out that “prior to 2006, we did not share much information. But really, for the last 10 years, the Department of Homeland Security is supposed to share information with the authorities, when the person is deported. It is a criminal record database. We give that to the authorities. Where it goes after that, it’s really up to the government.”
Junior Quashie, the man accused of murdering Lorna Small, still has not been brought to trial — eight years after the crime.
There have been lengthy delays, while lawyers seek to get psychiatric evaluations performed on Quashie, who apparently suffers from mental health issues.
“They found him driving around in her car, after they found the body,” Rosanne Small-Morgan told PIX11.