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Church steps in to ease violence

ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

Church steps in to ease violence

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In the terrifying aftermath of recent shootings in St Lucy, some church leaders there are moving to quell further violence in the northern parish.

One priest has made bold to say that the church must now go to the notorious blocks while another minister has organised for police to visit with residents on how to safeguard themselves against the criminals.

“We have to find some way to reach them [criminals]. A lot of them still have respect for the priest and I guest the church will have to get on the block, go among them. If they are not coming to us, we may have to go to them. Some of them just need a little help,” said Reverend Canon Curtis Goodridge of the St Lucy Parish Church.

Goodridge and Minister Marcus Hinds of the Bethel Pentecostal Church which has two branches as well as some other church leaders in the parish have been in contact and discussing how to restore calm and peace to the area. While there have been no firm united plans Hinds has organised the meeting with police and residents for Sunday at his church in Greenidges on crime prevention. The Crab Hill area was rocked by and at times affected by shootings, one of which ended in the death of Crab Hill resident Dexter Lashley on September 30. (AC)

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