Flare-up in violence upsets Kingston's Mayor

September 05, 2016
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Kingston’s Mayor Dr Angela Brown Burke is expressing outrage at the recent flare-up of violence in and around the market district over the past three weeks.

Several persons have been shot and injured in sections of Western and Central Kingston in recent weeks, and there have been reports of at least 14 persons succumbing to injuries. One of those killed was two-year-old Demario Whyte, who was shot on Luke Lane on August 23. His father and uncle were also shot and injured.

Yesterday, a five-year-old girl also became a victim, as she was one of four persons shot during a drive-by on Tulip Lane in Denham Town.

“The brutal attack on our children in recent times is incomprehensible. The brazen attacks taking place in broad daylight is evidence that these criminal elements among us are ruthless and with no compassion for the hurt being inflicted on the innocent. We must do all we can to ensure that the guilty be brought to justice,” Brown Burke said in a press release sent to STAR Online.

A meeting has also been scheduled with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and divisional heads for Thursday at the KSAC's Church Street office to discuss the safety and security of the public.

Persons are also being encouraged to cooperate with the police as they carry out their investigations.



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