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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting has condemned the killing of two members of the Banana Street community, including a 17-month-old child.
  • The Minister expressed condolences to the families of the victims and pledged the full support of the Police to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
  • Minister Bunting said the police will spare no effort in pursuing the perpetrators of the Valentine's Day shootings.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting has condemned the killing of two members of the Banana Street community, including a 17-month-old child, and the reprisal shooting of two residents of the adjoining Bryden Street community, in East Kingston.

The Minister expressed condolences to the families of the victims and pledged the full support of the Police to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

In describing the incidents as brutal, heartless and a sad reflection of the callousness of the criminals in our society, Minister Bunting said he was particularly outraged by the cold-blooded killing of one child and the attempted murder of another.

“Our children are to be protected and are not to be used as pawns in furthering criminal agendas. Communities must resolve that their children will not be slaughtered, and to work with the Police to purge their communities of criminal elements,” he said.

Minister Bunting said the police will spare no effort in pursuing the perpetrators of the Valentine’s Day shootings, as well as the organisations which facilitate and support them. He called on residents of Banana and Bryden Street to work with the police to solve these cases.

“I am appealing to residents of Banana Street, Bryden Street and all of East Kingston to say what you know. Now is your chance to make a change and to get rid of the criminals who are bent on bringing death and destruction to you, your family and community. As long as illegal guns are present in communities, all residents, including our children are at risk,”

“Do your part by joining the national movement to rid the society of criminals and prevent future occurrences, under the Unite for Change initiative. I will be participating in a peace march in the East Kingston Police division tomorrow (February 16) to signal our outrage at this and all forms of criminality,” Minister Bunting said.