Thursday, May 07, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man has been arrested in connection with the “vile and brutal” murders of eight-year-old Toya Brown and 15-year-old Nyron Taylor, who were shot and killed last evening, says Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang.

According to the minister, the man, whose identity is being withheld pending further investigations, was nabbed by members of the police during an operation. He said the man arrested was in possession of a firearm during his arrest in Denham Town and another firearm was also seized near the area.

Chang noted that the police were able to act swiftly and make the arrest as a result of improved mobility and increased use of technology.

“A critical element to successful crime-fighting operations is police mobility,” he said, noting that “it should never be that our ability to tackle crime is retarded by immobility, while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens”.

The minister said in response to the alarming tendency for people to resort to violence, the ministry will be ramping up its anti-violence campaign and will work alongside the National Commission on Violence Prevention, which was established in December 2019, to provide a comprehensive review of the Government's violence prevention strategies.

Chang said this is an unfortunate situation which is not a part of our culture as Jamaicans.

“By 'living gud' with each other, we do not kill our children,” he said.

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