McIntyre Villa residents hopeful of peace
Residents of McIntyre Villa in east Kingston say they are hopeful today's peace march by church leaders and the police will end the violence and fear that has been hovering over the community in recent days.
The march, which started at approximately 3:30 this afternoon, was organised with support from the Ministry of National Security to press for peace, following the murder of two people, including a 17-month-old child, by thugs in a reprisal attack on Valentine's Day. Two other people were seriously injured.
Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, Member of Parliament for east Kingston Phillip Paulwell and Police Commissioner Owen Ellington were among those marching today.
In his address to residents, Commissioner Ellington urged citizens to break their silence on criminality in the community.
However, residents have expressed mixed feelings about this afternoon's march.
One resident, Kevin Brown, told The Gleaner-Power 106 News that in the past the community has had meetings to resolve internal conflicts, but those meetings have failed to bring about change.
But Brown says the peace march is a new initiative and adds that it can work if the police and the church continue to play their roles.
Today's march is the second to be organised since the shooting.
Last Sunday, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, Kingston Mayor Angella Brown-Burke, and Police Commissioner Owen Ellington were among residents and church officials who marched through the community.
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