Liberians were shocked yesterday afternoon when the death of a popular Assistant Police Commissioner for Operations (105), Miekee Sickie Gray, was announced to the public. Just before the news broke, many “sympathizers,” among them some senior police officers, trooped in their numbers to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor where doctors assigned at the hospital announced his death to the family.
News of the death of the veteran law enforcer began to spread across Monrovia and its environs as well as on social media around yesterday afternoon.
The vicinity of the hospital was quickly overwhelmed by grief-stricken people as many of them converged there among them, the hierarchy of the LNP, including Inspector General, Patrick Sudue, and his principal deputies, Robert Budy, Prince Borkawoe Mulbah and many others, who were at the scene consoling the bereaved family.
As chief of traffic, Miekee Gray was a frequent face along the thoroughfares, especially along routes prone to traffic congestion in Monrovia and its environs. His became a household name, especially during the days when he served as the Chief of Traffic Division at the LNP prior to his recent promotion.
Police Spokesman, Moses Carter, confirmed news of his death, and said that officer Gray, a week ago, asked for an excuse to seek medical attention, an excuse which was officially granted by LNP authorities. Carter spoke in a brief chat with local journalists at the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor in Monrovia, where Gray’s remains have been deposited.
“It saddens the police as news of Gray’s death began spreading at 3 p.m. This is a very huge loss for the police. This was one of the best we got in this country,” Carter lamented.
Within an hour following Carter’s statement, a Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor van was already on hand to transport the body from the hospital to the funeral home, where the LNP hierarchy had converged to get a glimpse of the remains of their fallen colleague.
News of the death of the former chief of traffic quickly spread on social media, with messages of condolences pouring in from around the world to his family and the LNP.
Top police officer, T-max-Browne, II noted on his facebook page: “Honorable Commissioner of Police MIEKEE S. GRAY, has just departed this world few minutes ago; Commissioner of Police for Operations was pronounced dead at the SDA Hospital; the operations department and member of the operations planning unit would like to extend our condolences to the bereaved family. Rest in peace Comm. Miekee S. Gray.”
Emmanuel Roberts, a resident of the 12th Street community, noted: “Miekee served the LNP with dedication and distinction for many years. It is being reported that he died from pressure.”
Abel Plackie, former Deputy Press Secretary to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, wrote on social media: “Oh my God (OMG), my deepest sympathy to the family and the LNP.”