Politicians urge Nevisians to support family of Shant’e Claxton in time of grief

In a release from the NRP leader, Parry said that the entire island of Nevis was shocked by the news of the teen’s murder. He added that he knew the family personally and is also saddened by the tragic incident.

“This young teenager was on her way to church, when most young people were in their beds or just stirring, the crime itself is so frightening because the village of Jessup’s is a small and close knit community where the people care and look out for each other,” Parry said.

The leader further appealed to the nation that the perpetrator(s) need to be brought to justice and suffer the consequences for the crime committed.

“This person must not and cannot go free to commit another wicked and reckless act of this nature in the future; I call on the community to work with the police, to cooperate with the police fully to ensure a speedy apprehension and conviction of this desperate criminal” Parry noted.

“I am aware that words can’t heal their broken hearts nor can words mitigate this heinous act committed against a young child, the parents and the community,” the NRP leader said.

Meanwhile, West Basseterre Candidate, Konris Maynard said that as a father of a five month old daughter, he could not imagine the pain and grief that the friends and family of Claxton are experiencing.

“This could never ever be something that anybody or a parent would want to hear. As much school I have gone to, I can never understand a crime like this, I cannot wrap my head around this and the perpetrator must be brought to justice,” Maynard said.

He added that as a nation, citizens and politicians including law enforcement must now look at way to prevent such events like this from ever happening again.

“It is heart wrenching and I can’t imagine what the parents are going through at this time. I have a five month old daughter and I understand. She is someone that I am looking to protect,” Maynard said.

Both politicians urged citizens, especially those in Nevis, to come together and give the family the necessary support they need at this time of grief.

Shante Claxton of Jessup’s village, Nevis, killed on Saturday while on her way to church.


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