Police investigate another homicide as gov’t ups ante on gun crime

Just before 11am on 3rd May, 2024, another homicide rocked the federation. 

According to reports, Kejanie Harvey was shot dead by armed assailants who appear to have targeted him. Witnesses who spoke to SKN Source said they observed a motor vehicle approach the victim then the sound of gunshots disrupted the peace of the morning. After the vehicle sped away, the Parray’s Extension man lay, seemingly lifeless, on the ground. 

 This is the twelfth homicide recorded this year. 

Just yesterday, security forces concluded a CARICOM IMPACS workshop aimed at better equipping them to halt the flow of illegal firearms into the country. 

Last week, Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew was in St. Lucia where he attended the 68th Annual Health Research Conference hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The conference brought together regional leaders and policy makers to discuss gun violence as a public health risk.

Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Drew noted the irony of the prevalence of gun violence along the archipelago as nowhere in the region manufactures arms or ammunition.

“It is tragic to look at the effects of gun violence across the region. The proliferation of firearms poses a grave threat to our societies, fuelling crime, exacerbating conflict, and undermining the rule of law. With approximately percent of homicides committed by firearms in many CARICOM Member States, it has led to devastating effects, creating a pervasive culture of fear, trauma, and insecurity in our communities, and also at an individual level.”

Earlier this month during The Roundtable, Prime Minister Drew informed the nation that crime rates in the federation had in fact decreased in the first quarter of 2024 when compared to the same period in 2023 based on the data. He continued, however, that he remains dedicated to working closely with national security agencies to updating existing strategies to combat crime, and more specifically gun related crimes, in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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