My fellow citizens and residents, on Easter Sunday the nation remembered Jesus’ resurrection, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, death and sin. Easter, the most significant holiday on the Christian calendar, marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent, a special time of prayer, fasting, good works and sacrifice.
In shocking contrast with the values espoused during this season of reverence, an abominable attack on two women occurred in Cotton Ground, Nevis yesterday morning. The vehicle they were driving in was shot at multiple times, resulting in the senseless, tragic death of one (28-year-old Morella Webbe) and injuries sustained by the other (34-year-old Sonia Grant).
I tender my deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones who are grieving during this difficult time and offer my assurance that justice will be done.
My Government condemns this abhorrent, barbaric act and implores those with any information to contact the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force directly, indirectly or anonymously, to ensure that justice is meted out swiftly for the sake of the victims, their families and loved ones, as well as for the safety and security of us all.
This heinous incident serves as a lurid reminder that we all need to band together and look out for one another to stamp out the scourge of crime. Yesterday, crime affected other people, but today or tomorrow it can impact upon any one of us.
My fellow citizens and residents, my Government encourages you to stand up for your neighbours and community members. It is also incumbent on the nation to stand with our law and security officers because they stand up for us each and every day on the frontlines in the war on crime.
This is not a fight that we intend to lose. With God’s help, we will do mighty things, to include taking our society back and making it the best place for people to work, live, vacation and invest, and from this goal we will not waver.