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Leaders, advocates saddened by harrowing Clarendon quadruple killing

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 9:05 AM
Police cordon off the front yard of the house where four males were shot and killed in Clarendon.

Several organizations are condemning Wednesday night's ruthless attack in Clarendon which left three children and one man dead.

Dead are 14-year-old Raymond Givans of the Vere Technical High; Ricardo Briscoe, also 14 years old, of Garvey Maceo; 16-year-old Alex Turner of Central High; and accounting clerk, Marquis Hamilton.

The four were killed execution style in the community of Hayes.

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says she is disheartened to continue to receive reports about these vicious and heinous attacks against the nation’s children.

Gordon Harrison says the incident highlights the depravity among some in the society.

Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna says the killings reflect disregard for the lives of children.

The People's National Party is also condemning the attack.

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness says the entire nation is distressed at news of the quadruple killing, and remains disturbed at the increasing incidents of violence being perpetrated against the nation's youth.

Meanwhile, the Children's Advocate says her office is glad that the police have taken two suspects into custody.

She is appealing to anyone with information which can help the investigation to come forward.

Hanna is also appealing to the community to cooperate with the police to ensure those responsible for the act are apprehended.

Two persons have been arrested in relation to the attack.

The Opposition Leader says he's encouraged by the progress of the police thus far in the investigations.