Minister of National Security Marvin Dames described Monday’s double murder of a mother and her eight-year-old daughter as “horrid”, as he noted that police have a man in custody in connection with the incident.
Police said the victims were discovered shot to death early Monday morning as they lie in bed in their Nassau Village home.
The incident came one week after a seven-year-old boy was killed when police said he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in the same area.
“Over the last few days, for the community of Nassau Village it’s been very, very horrid and very sad,” Dames told reporters outside Cabinet.
“I had the opportunity to visit with the family of the first victim and spent some time with them and offered the condolences of our government.
“And the event just over the last few days, unfortunately, it seems to be a domestic issue. The police do have someone in custody who is assisting with that particular matter, so I was informed by the commissioner last night. And we’ll see what happens there.”
Dames said Nassau Village is one of the hotspot areas for crime. He said that while police are doing what they can and making progress, with a community center planned for the area and the recent installation of CCTV, members of the public have to do their part.
“Every murder is senseless,” he said.
“And many of these people know each other. They are all from the same communities or neighboring communities.
“What are we fighting over? So, it’s time for all [of] us to sit down and have that discussion.
“These are not persons coming from another country. These are our children. And when you see that young children are getting caught up in the crosshairs of silly and petty foolishness between these young cowards, it saddens you. But we are determined to do what we have to do to ensure that our communities are safe. And we’re seeing progress.”
In June, a 10-year-old girl died days after she was shot during a drive-by shooting near her home off Carmichael Road.
Dames said yesterday that murders are down nearly 30 percent, according to the latest police statistics.