Daniel made the call earlier this week, during a televised address on the Nevis News Channel, when he also offered his condolences to the family of the late Ms. Thompson and he expressed the hope that her family members “may find strength” in what he described as “a very difficult time.”
Minister Daniel, saddened by the news of Thompson’s death, said that his remarks reflected the views of “the right-thinking people of Nevis.”
“We roundly condemn this dastardly act of violence. This act of violence has robbed the country of a young person with all the capacity and all the talent and all the potential and we are all the more saddened for it,” he said.
In his appeal to the island’s youth population, Minister Daniel pleaded for a collaborative effort in condemning and eliminating acts of violence, particularly that inflicted upon Ms. Thompson.
“Chantelica has gone in a way which could have been avoided and I wish that all of our young people will use this as a lesson to avoid such conduct in the future. This murder reflects a callous disregard for life and we cannot continue to do this.
“It is the kind of violence which we need to condemn regularly and it is the kind of violence that we need to avoid,” he exclaimed.
The brief address ended with Minister Daniel giving the assurance that the NIA had been working assiduously to promote a kinder and gentler society, thereby underpinning the view that Nevis is a peace-loving society and that murder is not reflective of the Nevisian people.