Friday 3 July, 2020

McKenzie offers reward for capture of killers of kids in Denham Town

Desmond McKenzie (file photo)

Desmond McKenzie (file photo)

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Western Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, is offering a reward for information leading to the criminals who shot and killed two children in separate attacks in Denham Town in the constituency on Wednesday.

McKenzie, in condemning the acts, also disclosed that he will be covering the funeral expenses for the slain children.

Reports from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the police’s information arm, were that 15-year-old Nyron Taylor from Tivoli Gardens was shot and killed by armed men when he went to see his father in Denham Town on Wednesday evening.

Eight-year-old Toya Brown was shot and killed in the area later the same evening.

In a release, McKenzie, who is also the Minister of Local Government and Community Development, said he was offering a reward of $300,000 for information that leads to the capture of those responsible for the children’s murder.

“I am grappling with mixed emotions… I am really heartbroken about these killings, and at the same time I am outraged at just the utter wickedness and bloodthirsty mentality that can cause anyone to wipe two innocent children from the face of the earth,” he said.

“The police are investigating these incidents and I want to encourage the people of my constituency, especially those living in Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens, to stand up and be counted and reveal all they know to the authorities. I am appealing to them to break the shackle of silence and show their disgust and outrage against these terrorists who commit murder and mayhem and make their lives miserable.

“I want them to understand that giving information is the best weapon against these evildoers who have deprived Jamaica of two children – the future of the country.

“Let me go further… If you have information and you are afraid to share it with the police, get in touch with me. I will use every resource I have to help to bring these criminals to justice,” declared McKenzie.

He said Toya and Niron’s families will be supported through the traumatic period.

“Words will never be enough to ease the grief and deep pain that they are feeling. As their Member of Parliament, I will do all I can at this time. I will be undertaking the funeral expenses and associated matters, so they can focus, even as they mourn, on the beautiful memories that Toya and Niron gave them.

“I can also give the assurance that the decent, honest, hardworking people of the West Kingston family will support them,” said McKenzie.

Meanwhile, National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, said a man has been held in connection with the murders of the children.

In a release on Thursday, Chang said the man, whose identity is being withheld pending further investigation, was held by the police during an operation in Denham Town.

He was reportedly in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest, and another firearm was seized near the location where the individual was held, the Security Ministry's release stated.

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