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Jan 6, 2021

Gregory Bowen’s Family Says “show me the evidence of his suicide”

Gregory Bowen

Tonight, the family of Gregory Bowen is speaking out. Bowen is the thirty-nine-year-old man found dead in a cell block at the Queen Street Police Station on Monday morning.  The police allege that Bowen hung himself with his pants, but tonight, his sister says that she doesn’t believe that is what happened.  Catherine Bowen tells News Five that while her brother battled depression, he was not suicidal, and that same night he was given a relaxant at the hospital before being locked in the holding cell.  Here’s what Catherine shared with News Five today.


Catherine Bowen, Sister of Gregory Bowen

“We are finding it very hard to believe. It is mind blowing. We know that my brother have had mental issues. The community knew him as having mental issues and the police, too, knew that he had mental issues because on the night that they had to take him before they took him to the police station, they had to take him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to calm down his nerves as they usually would do when we call them. The hospital didn’t have the medication that he needed so what they did is that they just gave him a sedative – a mild relaxer for him to just calm himself. After they left the hospital they took him the police station to charge him for an offence that he had committed.  What they are telling me that my brother killed himself is not real. It is not real because all through Gregorys depression, he never ever committed or says that I am going to kill myself – never. He said I am never going to commit suicide that is what he told one of his friends when he told him bwai why you nuh just do away with…no, I will never do that, never commit suicide.”


Catherine Bowen

Andrea Polanco

“Ms. Catherine, what do you think happened that day in that cell?”


Catherine Bowen

“Miss, I nuh know. Your guess is as good as mine but like I said, knowing my brother, the only thing I can think of that happened there he must have said something to one of those or two of those police officers and maybe they hit him – maybe – I am not saying anybody but maybe. Let the evidence speaks. I want to see the evidence.”

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