Family of S.I. native killed in Liberia is asking for help bringing her home

By Paul Liotta

Staten Island native Princess Yates was killed in a car crash in Liberia. (Courtesy: Facebook)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The family of a Staten Island native killed in Liberia is asking for help raising the $40,000 needed to bring her home.

Princess Yates, 19, was killed in Monrovia, the capital of the West African nation on Thursday, July 21, a little more than a month before her 20th birthday, Princess’ mother, Oretha Bestman-Yates, told the Advance.

“We just want to bring her home for closure,” said Bestman-Yates, who is still in Liberia. “I’m just asking God to help and give me strength.”

Princess was in her parents’ native country with family, and was supposed to spend the weekend with her grandmother, who turned 90.

Bestman-Yates, who previously served as president of the Staten Island Liberian Community Association, said she dropped her daughter off at an event for Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at Monrovia’s city hall the night she was killed.

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Source: News Now/Staten Island Real Times

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.