Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, has expressed shock at the news of the slaying of former Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Dr. Neil McGill.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh.
Dr. McGill, a member of the People’s National Party (PNP), died Friday night after allegedly being shot by gunmen in the district of Bottom Albion in Manchester. He represented Western St. Mary in 2002-2007. He shifted to Central Clarendon in 2007, but lost to the current Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
Mr. Henry issued a release Saturday August 7 expressing his dismay at the news of Dr. McGill’s killing, and describing him as “a gentleman and one of the most likable persons you could find.”
In his release Sunday August 8, Dr. Baugh, who heads the Government in the absence of Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, who is Colombia on an official visit which ends Monday August 9, stated:
“The death of Dr. Neil McGill, former Member of Parliament, has come as a shock to me. Yet another life has been brutally ended at the hands of criminal element.
“Dr.McGill was a caring, affable and civil human being who, unselfishly and with dignity, answered the call to serve the public, particulary his parishioners, through the practice of medicine and the political process. Many are the stories of the medical relief and assistance he rendered to citizens of St. Mary and beyond, often working over time. Such was the measure of his humanity that their inability to pay was not a hindrance.
“He brought decorum to Parliament in his brief stint as Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary.
“His untimely death on Friday night is another double blow to St. Mary, coming so soon after another outstanding son, former Minister of Government, Hon. Horace Clarke, succumbed to illness.
“I am heartened by reports that the police seem to be making progress in the investigations and, hopefully, there will be a speedy resolution.
“Let me remind everyone of the importance of united cooperative effort in bringing an end to the evil threat of crime which stalks our country. Let’s all resolve and renew our commitment to play our part in tandem with the security forces to rid ourselves of this monster which imperils us all.
“On behalf of the Prime Minister and Government, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Dr.McGill’s wife and children at this time of bereavement.”