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PM visits widow of slain US missionary

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore
Prime Minster Andrew Holness (right) and Minister of National Security Robert Montague along with Teri Nichols, whose husband, Harold, was murdered on the weekend.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and National Security Minister Robert Montague offered their condolences and promised to clamp down on the perpetrators of violent crimes, during a visit to the home of one of the American missionaries murdered in St Mary on the weekend.

Yesterday evening, Holness and Montague travelled to the home of Teri Nichols, whose husband, Harold, 53, was slain. Fellow volunteer Randy Hentzel, 49, was also killed.

Before praying with Nichols, who had run the St Mary-based charity Teams for Medical Missions with her husband since 2002, the prime minister praised the grieving widow for her resilience and strength.

He said: "There are no words that can give any comfort for the loss of a loved one, especially under such tragic circumstances. It's always such a terrible thing, but the strength and true Christian spirit of forgiveness displayed here - the people of Jamaica want you to know what has happened here doesn't represent them.

"They, like you, want to see justice. This issue of crime is affecting everyone everywhere, and from what I've seen from the outpouring of the community, they do support you," Holness added.