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A plea for peace - Commissioner, security minister visit scene of triple murder in New Haven

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 1:00 AMAndrew Harris
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting and Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams leading a tour of the St Andrew community of New Heaven yesterday following the fatal shooting of three persons in the community last week.

Police Commissioner Police Carl Williams yesterday urged the killers of three persons in New Haven last Tuesday to turn in themselves as investigators have strong leads on their whereabouts.

"We already have some good ideas as to where to find the persons involved, so we are asking them to turn in themselves, but if they don't we will catch them," declared Williams during a tour of the community yesterday.

Williams was joined by Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, senior members of the Force and representatives of the group Unite for Change Campaign.

Williams joined Bunting in offering words of comfort to Donna Thorpe whose 18-year-old Cleveland Gayle son was among those killed.

"I also want to commiserate with you and also as the minister said, to if you can urge anyone you know who wants to settle issue personally, that the police will be on top of the situation, so they are not to take it in their own hands," said Williams.

Councillor of the Duhaney Park Division, Kevin Taylor told the group that the area has been tense since the shooting but he is hoping that things will return to normal soon.

"The police seem to be on top of things and they have quite a number of leads pursuing and I am confident that they will find the perpetrators," said Taylor.

"What we are doing as the political representatives in the areas is trying to be there for the family as we really don't what there to be any retaliation or any other negative on the community," explained Taylor,

"I don't want this community to turn into a violent one, we don't want to turn New Haven into a garrison, but to improve it."