Montague says Jamaica is still a beautiful place
National Security Minister Robert Montague yesterday moved to repair the tattered image of Jamaica following the battering it has been receiving in the wake of the killing of two American missionaries who were found dead in St Mary.
“Jamaica is still a beautiful place," Montague said as he visited the families of the two US missionaries in Marrakech Drive, Fernandez Gardens in St Mary.
"We want it to be known and very clear that what happened here does not represent Jamaica, and we are going to do what has to be done, not only in this case, but in all other cases of murder,” the minister added.
In the wake of the shocking deaths, CNN News anchor Ashleigh Banfield said "It's astounding to think that a lot of people think that Jamaica is a paradise but it is an extraordinarily violent country with a remarkable murder rate".
The deceased missionaries are 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols.
The STAR understands that both men were working to build homes for the poor.
Montague's visit to St Mary on Monday was one of two late evening stop to family members of murder victims.
The minister first stopped at Bryden Street in Kingston to meet the relatives of slain Woman Corporal Judith Williams and then journeyed to Marrakech Drive, Fernandez Gardens in St Mary to visit with the families of the two US missionaries who have been found dead.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness accompanied the national security minister on the visit to the late policewoman’s family as well as to St Mary.
Williams, who was assigned to the police commissioner’s office, was shot eight times by two hoodlums as she made her way to work last Thursday morning. She succumbed to her injuries at hospital on Friday.
While in St Mary, Montague promised that the killers of the Americans would be caught.
“We are going to investigate and make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice swiftly, and the justice will be just and sure. We want to empathise and sympathise with the families,” he said.
Editor’s note: The STAR had incorrectly posted a story which said National Security Minister Robert Montague called off a visit to family of slain Woman Corporal on Monday. This was not so. We regret the error.