JAMAICA – Children among four killed

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, has condemned the attacks in the central parish of Clarendon that led to the deaths of two children and two women.

In a statement on Saturday, Grange said there could be “no justification for the cold, calculated and despicable attacks” which took place within a 24-hour period in the communities of Race Course and Farm in the parish.

The police report that early Friday, a six year-old-boy, Timothy Basaragh, was shot dead in the community of Farm after men reportedly entered his home and opened fire hitting him in the throat and head. His mother was also shot in her hand.

The shooting followed another incident late Thursday in Race Course that left three individuals, including a high school student, dead after gunmen opened fire at patrons in a restaurant and bar.

Those killed have been identified as 13-year-old Shaneil Bartley, who was a student of Central High School, 24-year-old bartender Amoy Ricketts and Randy Ranger.

Grange said the other victims are in her prayers and has mandated the Bureau of Gender Affairs to work with other state agencies in providing support to those affected by the attacks.

In reference to data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force last week showing that more than 900 murders had been committed in Jamaica up to August 12, the minister urged the communities and anyone with information about the attacks to “work with the police to find the perpetrators and put them away because no one will be safe as long as the killers are free.”

“We can end the violence,” Grange said adding that “it requires all of us to end the violence; we have to say what we know and help to convict the perpetrators.  We have to become informers.  We cannot stay silent.”

12 Responses to JAMAICA – Children among four killed

  1. Patricia Browne
    Patricia Browne August 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Oh god man , children what in the name of christ those children did? Black men what’s wrong with you all?

  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 27, 2017 at 10:18 am

    The evil that men do

  3. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross August 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

    About three weeks ago, a Barbados Today Guess Writer started her article by saying that a Jamaican friend told her that people in Jamaica do not run into crowds ‘shooting so’.

    I wonder what the same Jamaican and the writer has to say when people can gun down young children….just like that. These crimes on children are not even new in Jamaica where about 37 children have been murdered across the island since the start of this year.

    While we get alarm at the violence, Jamaicans seemed so accepting of the violence on the island and even the killing of children.

    Quote ….

    “I think we have hit rock-bottom. We have hit rock-bottom when we kill children and we not even bat an eyelid and we proceed with things as normal,” Nadeen Spence, social commentator and chairperson of the I’m Glad I’m a Girl Foundation, told The Sunday Gleaner as she reacted to the latest killings.

    “We have totally lost our hearts. We have gotten so used to the murder and the mayhem that nothing shocks us anymore.

    “We have become completely desensitised to murder. I think it’s only if it is in your family that particular groups of people will feel the devastation,” added Spence.

    To compare us with Jamaica is simply disgusting. However, I do hope that all is done to protect our children and to curb the senseless killings in our region.

    • Pbdos Ciana Price
      Pbdos Ciana Price August 28, 2017 at 1:33 am

      I think at this time we should just be praying for one another. No matter about comparison right. We don’t want this to happen in anyone country.

  4. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 27, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Innocent lives destroyed,and the murderers should hang, no wasted prison time, they need to die

  5. Lineth Nanton Greenidge
    Lineth Nanton Greenidge August 27, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Lord have mercy on all the people in this world look down all the youth of today praying our children and their children show the this rite way let them put down is the guns knife and every weapons that lead to distraction show them way to you Lord in Jesus name I pray

  6. Byrone Browne
    Byrone Browne August 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

    But this lady is part of the government. Does it mean she is in power and don’t know what to do. Set of idiots.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Why they have photo here of the woman smiling?? Really wrong image to this horrible crime

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete August 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Pretty much like here

  7. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price August 28, 2017 at 1:34 am

    My condolences to people of Jamaica. This is so sad and disturbing. Sending prayers up

  8. Tony Waterman August 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This is what is on the Horizon for Barbados, unless the Government(s) make Proper Legislation that allows the Judiciary to deal decisively with these kinds of People.

    Proof without a DOUBT that Jack/John/Joan, Committed premeditated MURDER, Death by Hanging by the NECK until Dead.

    Possession of GUNS, AMMO, Cullasses, Knives, for the Purpose of Committing or Having Committed any Crime, FIRST Offence 5 Years at Dodds with HARD LABOUR (Working 6.ooAM 6.00 PM on the Prison Farm.) Hard Labour has NOT been Removed from the Books, as far as i am aware.

    Second Offence, 10 Years at Dodds with Hard Labour.
    Third Offence, 15 Years at Dodds with hard Labour.
    Fourth Offence $ Strikes 25 to Life with Hard Labour, he/She would leave Dodds in a Body bag or Coffin.

    The Ag.Has to stop being a Bleeding Heart, and do the Job that he was put there to do. what i do really think is that he (The Ag.) is afraid that the Criminal would come after him is he gets too Strict with them.

    We also NEED proper Customs Clearances at Port St.Charles, and Port Ferdinand, as it is my Belief that many of the Guns in Barbados are Entering Barbados through thos two Places, every “Rich” Tourist did not get “Rich” by Following the Rules. and Barbados is an easy/Soft venue for Bad People, because we STILL do not look at Whites the way we LOOK at Blacks in Barbados, White is still Right.

  9. jrsmith August 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    So long the shooting and serious crimes is against our black people in barbados , nothing will be done we must all be honest to see and lots know who is protecting who in barbados…….


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