“The joy that she brought to each of us has been silenced.”
These are the words of the Narain family following the sad death of their beloved daughter, Alison Narain (15), who shot herself in the head on Friday.
As the Redfern family mourns her tragic death, other youngsters are being urged to think twice before taking such drastic action, irrespective of the circumstances they are confronted with.
The Crystal Point Secondary learner is alleged to have fired two shots, with one striking her in the head on Friday afternoon.
Speaking to the Phoenix Tabloid, KZN VIP spokesman, Romano Naidoo, said, “KZN VIP Medics and Netcare 911 Paramedic, Gary Paul, were summoned to scene and began stabilisation on the 15-year-old. She remained in a critical condition. Advanced Life Support intervention was needed and the patient was rushed to hospital. Sadly, the patient’s vital signs deteriorated at hospital and she passed on even after doctors and nurses together with medics began resuscitation procedures to revive the teen.”
He added, “A 38 special firearm with two bullet cartridges were recovered at the scene. The cause of the shooting is unconfirmed at this stage and is subject to police investigation. Our condolences go out to the bereaved family.”
Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Cpt L Naidoo, said, “On Friday at about 2:30pm, members of SAPS Phoenix responded to a complaint of a shooting on Redfern Drive, Phoenix. Upon their arrival at the scene, it was established that a 15-year-old female had shot herself with her father’s firearm in the centre of her forehead and had an exit wound in the back of her head. The victim was still alive and was rushed to Umhlanga Hospital where she succumbed to her injury and was certified dead by the doctor in attendance.”
“It is alleged by Constable Ntuli who attended the scene that he interviewed an Indian male who pointed out the victim who was being treated by paramedics at the time. The said male also pointed out the firearm that was used a silver revolver with a brown handle. There was also a suicide note that was left by the victim. Upon questioning the said male, who alleged that he was the owner of the firearm, about the safe where the firearm was kept, he indicated that he does not own a safe, therefore the firearm was left unlocked. An Inquest docket is being investigated and a further charge of Failure to Safeguard a Firearm is being investigated.”
Alison’s grieving family released a statement saying, “On Friday 22 June, 2018, our beloved Alison Narain was taken from us to be with god. The joy that she brought to each of us has been silenced. Everyone she met throughout her life was warmed by her laughter and bubbly enthusiasm for life. Alison will always be a cherished daughter, devoted sister, a wonderful granddaughter and niece. Her warm smile and humour will continue to guide us in each day. A child loss is a loss like no other. Her life was cut irreversibly short, but her love lives on forever and ever.
We would like to thank everyone for their support during this time of bereavement. To educators and students at Crystal Point Secondary thank you so much for your touching words and remembering Alison for the person she was.”
Cpt Naidoo urged troubled teens and suicidal individuals to contact the suicide helpline number on 0800 12 13 14.
“No situation is so bad that a child or person needs to end their life as a solution to the so-called problem. There is always help available. A loss of life is too great a price to pay for any troubling situation confronting a teen or individual. Speak to someone you trust; be it a family member or a friend. Even a stranger from the helpline can help you see reason,” added Cpt Naidoo.
Meanwhile, KZN VIP Operations Director, Glen Naidoo, took to Facebook to urge community members and stakeholders to be pro-active and address the high rate of teen suicides over a period of time. “Due the high rate of teenage suicides I made a plea to Pastors, Priests and Moulanas to please sponsor the use of their place of worship for a few hours at least once or twice week. I strongly believe that our community is in dire need of a place where we can have group therapy for:
1. Teenagers with suicidal tendencies.
2. Victims of school bullying.
3. Family and friends of victims of suicides.
4. Family and friends of victims of murders / hijackings / Rapes.
I also appealed to professionals that might want to offer their services pro bono especially those that are studying Psychology, or trained medical practioners. Since the post, I have received a flood of positive responses and efforts are being co-ordinated to set the wheels in motion to offer help to those in need. We thank all who have pledged their support and look forward to ensuring that this initiative kicks off the ground and reaches out to those in dire straits,” Naidoo said.
Alison was laid to rest on Sunday.