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PM: Boy’s killing should move Bahamians

NASSAU — Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday the entire nation should be moved over the “repugnant” killing of five-year-old Dequan Clarke, who was stabbed inside his Strachan Alley home last Thursday night.

“The entire country has to feel involved in this,” Christie told reporters yesterday. “This is a reflection on the entire country. We feel very strongly for the family, mother and father. It is just a horrible thing to have happened.

“It’s ugly, it’s reprehensible, and it’s repugnant to all of the norms of our country and the way we do things.”

Police expect to charge a suspect early next week, according to head of the Central Detective Unit, Superintendent Paul Rolle.

Dequan was found inside his home near Kemp Road with stab wounds to the throat and chest, Rolle said.

A 20-year-old relative is being questioned.

Rolle said police are making arrangements for Clarke’s family to receive grief counselling. Despite the age of the victim, Rolle said police were handling the case as they do other killings.

“As much as I know we’re investigating a murder,” he said. “I couldn’t say whether it was a ritual or anything like that. If the mental state of the suspect comes into play we would have to get an evaluation, but I wouldn’t make that call.” (Nassau Guardian)

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