Jamaica’s National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has condemned the murders of returning residents Karen Cleary-Brown and Barbara Findley.
The Jamaica Observer quoted Chang as saying that the Government and his ministry remain steadfast in their mandate to serve and protect all citizens.
In a statement sent to the media, the minister called the murders “wicked and un-Jamaican”.
He extended condolence to the families and friends of the victims, while noting that the “horrific acts of violence” against citizens are reprehensible.
“It is even more troubling that, in most cases, these killings are a result of domestic disputes between the victims and persons well known to them. It is irresponsible to suggest that these killings are a result of targeted attacks on our returning Jamaicans. The police reports indicate, instead, that several of the murders are committed by men who have endeared themselves to the victims,” the minister said.
He was referring to a statement reportedly made by head of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents, Percival LaTouche, which urged Jamaicans overseas not to return home.
“We have confirmed the loss of 11 returning Jamaicans over the course of this year. It is to the credit of our police officers that all of the accused have been apprehended. We call on persons with information concerning any murder to tell the police or call Crime Stop and share what you know,” Chang said.
Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith reaffirmed the Government’s efforts to provide a safe place for all Jamaicans, following recent murders.
Johnson Smith and the minister of state in the ministry, Pearnel Charles Jr, said they were deeply saddened by the reports, expressed their “heartfelt sympathy” to all the families affected.