The Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association has called on the police to step up law enforcement, after a broad daylight murder in Castries on Saturday morning.
Eyewitnesses say a lone gunman shot Executive Secretary of the Gros Islet Minibus Association, Hermia Lorde, multiple times after 7:00 am before fleeing.
Lorde later succumbed.
The Public Relations Officer of the Gros Islet Minibus Owners Association, Thomas St Louis, has expressed shock over the incident.
St Louis described Lorde as having been a very hardworking executive member of the association.
“We used to call her the Iron Lady,” he recalled.
And he said the reason for that was because enforcing the association’s constitution was paramount in her daily duties.
St Louis said it was unfortunate that Lorde lost her life.
The association official described her death as a great loss to the public transport sector.
In addition, he expressed condolences to Lorde’s family.
“The criminal elements are getting bolder,” he asserted.
According to St Louis, it was bad enough that the COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc.
But he lamented that in addition to the COVID-19 scourge, killers are on the loose.
“I say this is very unacceptable,” St Louis declared.
“And for our law enforcement, I would say to them – they need to step up and ensure that taxpayers get the kind of protection they deserve,” he told reporters.
“I mean a Saturday morning in broad daylight among a crowd of commuters, someone is bold enough to do that.”
“Where do we go from there?” St Louis asked.
He said he wants to see closure to the most recent murder case.
According to St Louis, now he does not feel safe in his own country.
He also asserted that people need to be able to resolve issues in an ‘adult way’.