St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris condemned a deadly attack on two women this week.
Morella Webbe, 28, and Sonia Grant, 34, were returning home from a popular entertainment spot in the early morning hours Monday when the vehicle they were traveling in was engulfed in a hail of bullets. The victims were rushed to Alexandria Hospital, however, Webbe died as a result of her injuries while Grant was left severely injured. The incident took place in an area known as Cotton Ground on the island of Nevis.
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According to the Observer, Harris vouched that those who were responsible for the attack will suffer the full weight of the law and called upon all sectors of society to unite with security officials to end the scourge of violence and crime affecting the islands. Superintendent Trevor Mills, head of the Nevis Division, said, “As we investigate this incident, we urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything to call the Police. Together we can rid our communities of the senseless violence. Our Forensics Unit has canvassed the scene but your assistance coupled with what we do will be difference in solving these crimes."
The Saint Kitts and Nevis government is confronting an uptick in violence, particularly involving young people. Police statistics indicate that 32 minors were accused of serious offenses such as drug trafficking, robbery, aggression with firearms, and homicide in 2016.
The Caribbean nation, along with local and regional organizations and international agencies, support actions to curb the spate of violence affecting the country.