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PM visits relatives of Clarendon quadruple killing victims

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 5:21 PMShanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre); and Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna (left), comfort Joan Scott, mother of 14-year-old Raymond Givans, who was among three teenage boys and a man, who were killed by gunmen Wednesday night in Clarendon.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon visited grieving relatives of the three teenage boys and the 35-year-old man who were shot and killed execution style in the Monymusk Housing Scheme in Clarendon on Wednesday.

Simpson Miller told reporters afterwards that during her visits she saw pain, despair and suffering.

She says the incident underscores the need for Jamaicans to learn how to resolve their differences without resorting to violence.

Simpson Miller says when a child is murdered he or she could have been the scientist who would find the cure for cancer, the next Prime Minister of Jamaica, the next Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Police investigators say Raymond Givans and Ricardo Briscoe, bothv14-year-olds, as well as 16-year-old Alex Turner and 35-year-old Marquis Hamilton were each found with a gunshot wound to the back of their heads.

The police say two men have since been taken into custody and that they have collected several statements and are following very strong lead that will help them identify the perpetrators.