Statement by Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris on the Brutal Stabbing Death of 77-year-old Constance Thompson-Gumbs Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

I extend heartfelt sympathies, on behalf of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to the family and loved ones of Constance Thompson-Gumbs, an elderly lady of 77 years of age, who died yesterday, Monday, April 29th, 2019, in a brutal stabbing incident that has left her close-knit community of Conaree – and, by extension, the whole country – bereaved and shocked.

Compounding the tragedy is that the now deceased elderly lady was much beloved in her community, where she sold snacks to children. These children will miss her greatly and also struggle to comprehend why she is no longer around to give them their favourite treats. Let us therefore keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

At moments like this, it is easy to plunge into a national despair as we collectively consider what is an abomination, not just in our minds but in the sight of God – that beautiful, precious life can in an instant be defiled by wanton indignity and merciless violence!

Perhaps an increased sense of solidarity will emerge out of this tragedy, as well as an even stronger resolve to stand up and denounce acts of violence. Whatever comes out of her tragic death, we must double our efforts to support and protect women, the elderly, children and other traditionally vulnerable members of our society so that they can live without threat, harassment or abuse in any form.

To this end, I implore you to take a stand by reporting anything that you have seen or heard in relation to this violent case or in regard to any other crime.

To all families, who have lost cherished loved ones to violent crime, I offer deepest condolences and pray for your healing and peace of mind.

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