Harris, who is currently in St John’s, Antigua, on official state business, addressed the nation via-phone, which was broadcast live on the national network.
“My fellow citizens and residents, I offer condolences to our entire nation and to the family of the young man who was murdered last night and to all the families that have experienced loss through senseless violence in this our beautiful country… Be assured that you are not alone in your grief,” stated Prime Minister Harris.
A sickened PM said that it is during these times that we first must depend on our deep and abiding faith in the omnipresent and omnipotent God to carry us through the sudden, vicious storms of life.
“It is also at times like these, when we as a people, we as a nation must strengthen our resolve to never allow any misguided or selfish few amongst us to intimidate our people and terrorize our neighborhoods,” he said.
He sent a warning to criminals that the long arm of the law would eventually catch-up with them, the prime minister indicated.
“These streets do not belong to the criminals. They belong to the law-abiding citizens and residents of our blessed Federation.” Harris declared.
The prime minister reminded citizens and residents that the number one priority for the new administration is the safety of the people and the security of the nation.
“Let there be no mistake about that. My administration will at all times have a zero tolerance policy for crime, period. Crime helps no one, and it harms everyone. Among other things, crime destabilizes neighborhoods. It hurts our families and communities. It erodes our attractiveness as a place where people invest and create jobs. And it damages our reputation as a beautiful country of kind, friendly and warm people,” the prime minister explained.
He noted that under his new administration, criminals would find no comfort.
“We would be resolute and relentless in our efforts to fight crime,” the country’s leader added.
Last evenings murder brings the tally of homicides for the year 2015 to seven.