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Opposition Leader condemns murder of missionaries in St Mary

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 5:18 PM
Simpson Miller, the men were dedicated to helping to create a better life for many less fortunate persons including some here in Jamaica.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has condemned the murders of two American missionaries in St Mary calling them brutal and senseless.

The bodies of Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols were found in Albion Mountain, St Mary yesterday, hours after the men were reported missing.

"I encourage residents of the communities where the missionaries vacationed and did exemplary charity work to assist the police with any information that can lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime,” Simpson Miller said in a statement today.

According to Simpson Miller, the men were dedicated to helping to create a better life for many less fortunate persons including some here in Jamaica.

IN PHOTO: Randy Hentzel, one of the two American missionaries killed in St Mary

At the time, she is calling for the creation of a more sustainable partnership between communities and the security forces to root out criminal activities and particularly to solve the spate of murders.

"Partnerships between communities and the security forces have in the past proved to be effective in reducing criminal activities as seen in the reduction of some categories of crime in recent years through efforts such as Unite for Change initiative," she said.

The Opposition Leader said while the number of murders continues to be a cause for concern, she is encouraging the security forces to be relentless and professional in carrying out their work.