Alexis condemns killing of child in Annotto Bay

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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People's National Party caretaker for St Mary South Eastern Dr Shane Alexis has condemned the brutal slaying of Kelecia Matthews, aged three, who was shot dead during a gun attack in the town of Annotto Bay last week.

Police confirmed the shooting death of young Kelecia, who was said to be walking with her stepfather along a lane last Wednesday when gunmen attacked them. The adult escaped unhurt.

,“The citizens and political leadership of St Mary South East condemn the heinous murder of the innocent three- year-old Kelecia Matthews on Wednesday February 14. There is no excuse for the murder of an innocent child. The future of another young Jamaican has been ended by violence,” Dr Alexis said in a statement.

“All communities in and around Cane Lane are worried about our country's epidemic of murder spreading to the previously peaceful town of Annotto Bay. Whatever the causes of crime, the Government must be steadfast in ensuring a safe and secure environment for all law-abiding citizens.

“As caretaker, I will continue to work with the law enforcement authorities, community and civic groups to ensure the rule of law and respect for authority returns to Annotto Bay. We expect the Government to act swiftly to ensure that our police have the necessary financial and human resources to maintain order in the parish. Kelecia's and her family's cries for justice should not go unheard,” he stated.

Dr Alexis, a medical practitioner who lost to the Jamaica Labour Party's Dr Norman Dunn in the by-election last October, called to fill a vacancy left by the death of former Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green, urged the people of the area to tell what they know to the police so that Kelecia's killers may be caught and given the appropriate punishment.

“Any citizen who has information about the crime committed has a duty to report what they know to a trusted member of the police force clergy or community member. We stand ready to assist the community to begin the process of healing. Our prayers and thoughts are for the repose of Kelecia's soul. May it rest in peace,” Dr Alexis said.

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