Ministry of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport

Government of Jamaica
Youth Minister Condemns Ruthless Killings in Clarendon
Published by: Marvel Gordon
Reference #: myc196
Date Published: Friday 17, Apr 2015

The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna has called on community members in Monymusk, Clarendon, where three teenage boys and an adult were killed, to cooperate with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)  in all ways possible to ensure that the perpetrators of such ruthless acts are brought to justice.

“There is clear disregard for the lives of our children; there is a clear lack of compassion and love towards each other. I am calling on everyone who has any information regarding last night’s shootings to contact the police. We must recapture our communities from criminals.” she expressed.  
According to reports from the police, the three teenage boys have been identified as 14-year-old Raymond Givans, a  grade nine student of the Vere Technical High; Ricardo Briscoe, also 14 years old, of Garvey Maceo; and 16-year-old Alex Turner of Central High.

The fourth victim has been identified as Marquis Hamilton, a 35-year-old accounts clerk.
The Youth Minister expresses her deepest sympathies to the families of the victims as they go through this difficult period and extends condolences to the classmates of the young men and the co-workers of Hamilton.

“The Child Development Agency has been deployed to the area and is already on the ground providing grief counselling and other emotional support to the families and to students at the

schools the boys attended. I will also be visiting the affected families as I know it is never an easy task to cope with the loss of loved ones.” the Minister said.

The Minister reiterated the need for greater levels of care and protection for our nation’s children who remain among the most vulnerable and again called on the wider society to be more vigilant in safeguarding their lives.

Source: Minister of Youth and Culture

Youth Minister Condemns Ruthless Killings in Clarendon