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Grange describes Clarendon killings as despicable

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Olivia Grange

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has condemned the attacks in Clarendon in which it has been reported that two children and two women were killed.

Grange said there could be “no justification for the cold, calculated and despicable attacks” which took place within a 24-hour period in the communities of Race Course and Farm.

She said the victims were in her prayers and has mandated the Bureau of Gender Affairs to work with other state agencies in providing support to those affected by the attacks. 

Referring to data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force just this week, showing that more than 900 murders had been committed in Jamaica this year up to August 12, the Gender Minister urged the communities and anyone with information about the attacks to “work with the police to find the perpetrators and put them away because no one will be safe as long as the killers are free”.

“We can end the violence,” said Minister Grange, adding that “it requires all of us to end the violence; we have to say what we know and help to convict the perpetrators.  We have to become informers.  We cannot stay silent.”