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G2K St. Thomas alarmed at murders

G2K | 2013-11-21 00:00:00

The St. Thomas Chapter of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, is expressing alarm and condemnation at the recent spate of murders in the Parish, which has claimed four lives, including that of a 16-year old 5th form student.

According to G2K St. Thomas Chairman, Kadian Francis, "This is a sad day for the parish and we have been sent into shock following these gruesome acts. We are very concerned as to what is happening in the parish now. With four murders in a few days, including that of a 16-year old, it just goes to show how heartless and vicious these criminals are, and we do hope that the law will takes its course and justice will prevail for the families and friends who are mourning their loss."

Francis has also commended the divisional authorities on their efforts thus far and has called on them to not give up the fight.

He continues, "The parish has been relatively off the radar as it relates to major crimes. Due to the hard work of the divisional authorities here we have consistently been one of the parishes with the lowest criminal activities. These recent incidents have really put into perspective the strategies that have been employed over the years, and has given us an opportunity to ensure that these strategies are still relevant and current. We therefore encourage the police to not relent and, where possible, step up their efforts against these criminals who wish nothing good for the parish, but to disrupt our peaceful nature and snatch away the lives of our promising young people."

Mr. Francis also made a plea to citizens to play their part in helping the police to fight crime.

"Communities and their residents also have a critical role to play in crime fighting in Jamaica. We again renew our call for a strengthening of the various community policing programmes and a stronger bond between communities and the local authorities, so that intelligence gathering and other critical aspects of crime fighting can be easily achieved."

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