JCC expresses outrage at ‘vicious and wanton’ killings in Grange Hill
The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has expressed outrage at what it has described as the “senseless, vicious and wanton acts of murders” that took place over earlier this week in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.
Some 17 persons, including two children, were shot in a number of vicious gun attacks. Seven, including the children, succumbed to their wounds.
The deceased children were a two-year-old and an 11-year-old.
The series of deadly incidents has sent shock waves across the country.
The police have since released the identities of five men – four of whom are wanted for murder and one for shooting - who are being primarily sought in connection with the attacks, and a massive police/military operation in the parish on Thursday led to the detention of almost 100 persons, including some alleged gangsters.
“These callous and inhumane incidents have served as another reminder of the depths to which we, as human beings, can sink when greed, hatred, envy and other such vices are given a foothold in our lives,” the JCC said in a statement.
“As a council we extend our heartfelt sympathy to all those who are grieving and traumatizsd by this manifestation of evil within their communities. We stand ready to accompany you on what shall be a long road toward healing and reconciliation, fully conscious that some of our churches have been directly impacted by these violent activities,” the JCC added.
The statement further said: “It is clear that as a country we must continue and increase our efforts in the re-socialisation of our children, youth and adults. More strategic and sustained opportunities must be provided for youth to be educated, trained and constructively engaged, if we are to truly rid our country of the horror of violent crime.”
The JCC said it is imploring the Government, private sector, individual religious institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come together in a deliberate way to provide the necessary response.
The umbrella church organisation is also urging the security forces to “leave no stone unturned until those responsible for creating such mayhem are brought to justice.”
And the JCC is also urging those with information to share it with responsible and trusted leaders in the communities, so that the scourge of crime can be minimised.