FINNEY, Casey Nakyia

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Last Name
Given Names
Casey Nakyia
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California
Family Tree
  McKnight Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
(cousins) Diana McKnight, Ray Anthony McKnight; (second cousin) Raymond Anthony McKnight
Non-Temple Relatives
Mary Lee Hardin (mother); Dan Finney (father); Robyn Love (sister)
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Paradise Memorial Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Los Angeles, California 90047
Residence (JT)
Cottage 22
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Student (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-30)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
“My precious lil sister.. My mother had just died when she was kidnapped by others and ended up in Guyana 18 days after my mother died. The last time I saw her was November 7, 1977 at our mother's furneral. She was such a sweet child who believed that her mission in life was to help others, unbeknowing to herself that she herself needed help. She was the baby of the family and was very young & naive. She was kidnapped before I could assist her. I tried but she had been taken to Guyana and all I could do was contact the State Dept, continue to write here letters, & pray.. I loved her so very much.. As the rest of my sisters & brothers. She thought she was in training to be a nurse in Guyana, not a candidate for murder. She was the 7th & last child of my mother's children. I was the child number 6. We were 6 years age difference.. I still cry for her and myself. I miss her so much! She attended 102nd Street school, Charles Drew Jr. High, & graduated Fremont, (R) Locke High.. She had just graduated from high school a coupla months before she came home to find my mother dead, whom she still resided with. Such a tragedy! Casey, I loved you so very much, and will always love you. She didn't have any children at death, she truly was still a baby herself. She was a beautiful, and complacent child.. Very obedient, very smart and talented. Such a loss! ” - Robyn Love

“She was the cousin of Diana McKnight, Raymond Anthony McKnight, Raymond Anthony McKnight Jr, Rose McKnight, who died with her in Guyana. Her mother's name was Mary Lee Hardin,& her father's name was Dan Finney. She was the 7th & baby of our family. We loved her and protected her because she was our little sister. She was a very pleasant person,to be around. Was always paying close attention, to be there to assist you if need be.. Her personality was an easy outgoing one, kinda quiet, but a very warm spirit! To hear of hers and my cousin's death, devastated me! I'm still in shock! It is still unreal.. ” - Robyn Love

“Casey .. Today is 11/14/2010. You would be 51 years old now. I think of you daily.. I hope that your spirit isn't as troubled as mine's, but I hope that your spirit is @ peace. Man... I tried to tell you about Jim Jones, and you promised that you wouldn't be going to Guyana but that you would be attending San Francisco State. Were you forced to go to Guyana.. Were you kidnapped.. What happened? You have never lied to me in the past, I'm still wondering what happened?? I'm still trying to figure it out after 33 years.. I miss you so much! ” - Robyn Love

“My baby sister.. We were 6 years apart. She was quiet, and very sweet! She was very easy to please. And was a very compliant child. She love running track! I thought one day she would end up in the Olympics. She was a Mama's baby! The last of seven children. I miss her so much! ” - Robyn Love