Security minister condemns double murder including 6-y-o

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang has condemned the murder of six-year-old Jordanion Hodges who was killed along with 27-year-old Kuwayne Mullings in Somerton, St James yesterday.

“The murder of 6-year-old Jordanion Hodges is a brutal and heartless act. The killing of this child saddens me,” Dr Chang said in a statement from his ministry this afternoon in reaction to the news.

Police reports indicate that Jordanion was a pillion on a motorcycle travelling along the Windsor main road at around 2:30 pm yesterday, when gunmen fired several shots at them, killing the rider.

Jordanion was transported to hospital where he died.

“I wish to express my deepest condolences to the families of both victims,” the minister said, adding that the police are following strong leads.

Dr Chang sought to assure the people of St James and by extension Jamaica that “necessary steps will be taken so that these criminals will be strongly pursued and tried to the full extent of the law”.

The minister emphasised that the parish of St James will not return to the figures of 2017, where murders exceeded 300.

“This kind of brazen assault on our people and this disregard for the life of a child will not be tolerated” the minister said.

In the meantime, Chang used the opportunity to assure members of the public that the government has continued to pursue legislative solutions for enhanced security measures following the cessation of the States of Public Emergency.

He reiterated that “the emerging brazenness of murders and the rise in their frequency, is confirming that we still need a State of Emergency in some areas. We consider the wanton killing of Jamaicans, especially our women and young children, a crisis that requires urgent attention and strong operational measures”.

The minister pointed out that “detaining these criminals while the investigations continue, is necessary in stemming the tide of killings while the police are actively preparing case files and collecting evidence”.

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