Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager is to visit the Freeman’s Hall community in Trelawny today (January 12) following the death of a 4-year-old girl yesterday (January 11).
Cloey Brown succumbed to gunshot wounds she received to her abdomen when her father was attacked at their home at about 1 am.
Her father was shot in the leg.
Both were taken to hospital where Cloey was pronounced dead, and her father admitted in stable condition.
Cloey’s uncle and another man are now in police custody.
Speaking with Irie Fm News this morning, Mayor Gager says he is saddened by the incident.
He says support will be offered to relatives and the community.
Mayor Gager is urging residents to find better ways to resolve disputes.
Meantime, Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, has expressed outrage at the killing.
In a statement last evening, Dr. Chang expressed sadness at the girl’s murder, adding that he strongly condemns the use of children, women and the elderly as collateral for domestic disputes, gang violence and all other forms of crime.
Dr. Chang pledged that with the polices aid, the perpetrators who have been arrested and charged for Cloey’s murder, will face the full brunt of the law.
The Minister said Jamaica is depending on the institution of the family to help curb crime and deviance, by playing a vital role in the orderly society which the country must become.
He said family is needed to protect one another and not incite vicious crimes such as murder.
Dr. Chang noted that in St. Mary last week, a mother and sister were charged for murder and conspiracy to commit murder of a man, whose decomposing and dismembered body was found in knitted bags behind the family’s yard.
While calling on all families to refrain from using violence to solve domestic disputes, Dr. Chang explained that crime is a cycle, which stems from learnt behaviour and must first be condemned in the home.
He said this is exactly the kind of cycle Jamaicans must combat every day, the same cycles citizens must endeavour to break, and the kind of cycles families should lash out against.