Catherine Sealys, the President of the advocacy group Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia, has taken the authorities to task following the fatal shooting of her nephew, D’Andre Phillip.
Phillip’s bullet riddled body was discovered at Cedars, Castries, on Sunday morning.
“This is my nephew and what I want to say is while I believe that the police cannot be everywhere, I do believe that the problem of robberies and crime in this area has been well documented,” Catherine Sealys told St Lucia Times.
She observed that Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun and Castries North MP, Stephenson King both have a petition on their desks signed by the residents, asserting that people are hiding near the St Joseph’s Convent court.
“They run out and they rob people,” Sealys disclosed.
“This is not a unique incident. This is something that is happening every time,” she explained.
The Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia President said it was unfortunate that her nephew was in the area and died.
“We say to them, while they can find money to do everything – they cannot find money to solve crime and they cannot find money to put cameras so that they can solve crime?”
“They’re not interested,” Sealys lamented.
“Let me tell them something. This is going to be the murder that they will solve. So, Hermangild Francis, Stephenson King and Sarah Flood-Beaubrun share responsibility for the area – they’d better start to mobilise because this not going to be ‘That is the next person who has died’ and then we forget him. It is not going to be that way,” she asserted.
Sealys said people are allowed to die in Saint Lucia because parliamentarians, public servants and legislators refuse to do their jobs.
Sealys recalled that there have been numerous complaints from he Cedars commuity that the area is a crime nest.
“They refused to do what they had to do about it so we are here today dealing with this. Do not call me and tell me ‘Accept my sympathies’. We don’t accept your sympathy,” an obviously upset Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia President stated.
She said what the family wants is the person who killed her nephew.
Sealys noted that her organisation advocates against crime all the time.
But she told St Lucia Times that when that happens, Saint Lucians sit back and accuse her of being political.
“They say the woman is miserable – until it hits home and they have to deal with it. Well,we are dealing with it and we are dealing with it in our way and we are saying that the powers that be will do their job and they will do it properly.”
“Do not tell us ‘Let him rest in peace’. This was a 23 year old – he should be alive. Do not tell us that. What we want is for them to do their job to find out who has killed him,” Sealys asserted.
She revealed that the family is hearing nothing regarding the fatal shooting except that her nephew was out and was on his way home.
“We don’t know what happened and we anticipate that during the week the police will tell us,” Catherine Sealys told St Lucia Times.