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‘Put down the guns and knives’


Heather-Lynn Evanson

‘Put down the guns and knives’

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AS THE ISLAND REELS under a wave of gun violence that has pushed the murder rate to 20 in three months, a Moravian minister has issued an impassioned plea for an end to the killings.

In fact, said Rev. Dr Adrian Smith, running or walking away from conflict was still an option.

He was delivering the sermon at the 1894 Calvary Moravian Church, in Roebuck Street, The City, where the congregation was joined by the hierarchy and members of the Barbados Labour Party who were celebrating their Founders Day Service to mark the party’s 81st anniversary.

“Once again I must appeal to every young person, put down the guns, put down the knives. There is the sanctity of life. Can I yet appeal to somebody to think twice before you stab or shoot somebody?” Smith asked.

“Walking away is still an option. Running away is still an option. Getting help is still an option,” he declared.

Smith’s comments came days after the island witnessed the brazen killing of 33-year-old Damian Trotman, of Foursquare, St Philip, in the crowded Sheraton Mall last Thursday.

The minister, in his sermon on the theme Stay The Course, said there were days or even weeks when life was a struggle but he urged people to be grateful for what they had. (HLE)

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