Bouncy beats and beaming photos greeted dozens of loved ones who turned out Friday to pay their respects to a Queens woman found murdered in Jamaica.
A stream of hip hop music muffled quiet cries as friends and family members of Desiree Gibbon filed past her closed casket inside Dalton’s Funeral Home in New Hyde Park, L.I.
Andrea Cali-Gibbon (wearing blue), mother of Desiree, hug family and friends at her daughter’s uplifting wake.
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Surrounding the coffin were photos of the globe-trotting Hollis woman hand-gliding off the coast of Brazil and holding a drink inside a boat with the Statue of Liberty looming behind her.
Gibbon’s mother said the mood at her 26-year-old daughter’s wake was uplifting by design.
Desiree Gibbon, 26, of Queens, was found dead with her throat slit in a rural section of the island nation of Jamaica on Nov. 26, 2017.
“Instead of sitting around crying, we wanted it to be about her life,” Andrea Cali-Gibbon said. “It’s through the strength of these people who know and loved her that I find the strength.”
Desiree Gibbon’s brutalized body was found Nov. 26 in the brush alongside an overgrown rural road in St. James Parish, located about 4 miles from the popular tourist town of Montego Bay.
Her throat was slashed and her torso and wrists were covered in bruises — indicating that she struggled with her killer.
Front page of the New York Daily News for Dec. 1, 2017.
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Cops in Jamaica have yet to make an arrest.
Andrea Gibbon said investigators had found surveillance footage showing Desiree walking along a road — and were interviewing cab drivers.
The funeral is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Incarnation Parish in Queens Village.