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Prime Minister Harris visits families impacted by crime


Prime Minister Harris visits families impacted by crime

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BASSETERRE – Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris took time out of his busy schedule over the weekend to visit a number of families suffering from the loss of loved ones as a result of crime.

On Easter Sunday, he joined the congregation at the Covenant Outreach Church at Phillips’ Village in soulful prayer on behalf of Paulette Jarvis whose son, Devon Jarvis, has been missing for days.

Following the service, Dr Harris journeyed to Cayon where he consoled Jennifer O’Loughlin who lost her son, Lanzelle O’Loughlin, to gun violence.  He also visited Venetta Duncan, the grandmother of Tyrique Duncan in Spooners.  Tyrique was found dead on March 10, after he was reported missing on March 6, 2016.

On Monday, the Prime Minister  journeyed to St Paul’s where he visited the family of Javier Caines, a former fire officer who was fatally shot.

Speaking after Sunday’s church service, he said he felt moved to let those mothers and families know the country stood with them as they mourned.  He said he and his Government intend to fight diligently for justice for all.

“Families are still finding it difficult to cope.  Given the violent and brutal nature of these killings, it is not surprising.  I want to appeal to the community and employers to be lenient and supportive of victims of crime and gun violence, and provide sufficient support for these persons to mourn and grieve properly,” he said.

The Prime Minister added: “I feel for the families and I pray for God’s intervention and mercy on them all.” (SKNIS)