Younger gang members “far more dangerous” – Minister

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Younger gang members “far more dangerous” – Minister
The body of James Nelson, 43, being removed the sidewalk on Chaussee Road, Castries on Thursday. James was shot to death at about 8:30 a.m.
The body of James Nelson, 43, being removed the sidewalk on Chaussee Road, Castries on Thursday. James was shot to death at about 8:30 a.m.

National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has noticed an increasing trend: more teenagers are forming gangs, getting involved in gang-related activities, trying to take leadership of gangs – and they are very dangerous.

The latest victim of suspected gang violence is 43-year-old James Nelson of Calvary Road, Castries.

La Corbiniere told HTS: “What we are seeing emerging, more and more … younger and younger individuals who are forming and trying to head these gangs. So you have a situation where you have 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds and some cases, even 15 and 16-year-olds, who are part and parcel of these gangs.”

The minister said the young gang members do not necessarily abide by rules.

“So we are seeing some kind of shift to a lower and lower age, in terms of the formation of these gangs and that presents some additional problems, because we find increasingly that many of the younger ones are far more dangerous in a way. In the sense that they are not bound by any conventions, they are not as tied to some of the ground rules that even criminals may impose upon themselves from time to time,” La Corbiniere said.

Residents of several inner-city communities have blamed teen gangsters for the recent outbreak of violence in Castries, which have claimed four lives, so far.

The latest victim is 43-year-old James Nelson of Calvary Road, Castries, who was gunned down on the Chaussee on Thursday, April 9 at about 8:30 a.m.








 

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  1. They think they in America .seeing them posting pictures with gang signs ..wearing blue and red flags ..yall not crip or blood nor any of the others ...yall watch to much dam television...they wanna be like the gangster they see on TV cause these kids think it's cute ..like seriously. .go read a book...stop taking people's lives. ..for such a small country Smfh .leave that for the US .

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  2. I don't know the victim or his family. If it was my family, I would be most upset at the disrespect shown. Why do we have to see the photos of the man lying in the street. Why are the "spectators" not moved away? Why would any person feel the need to take a photo? Have we become so useless, that unless we see, we can not comprehend?
    I was brought up to respect the dead and this really upsets me every time I see it.

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  3. Why not give a minimum sentence of 20 yrs for possession of illegal firearms and enforce it sternly. May not stop it completely but will certainly have some of them thinking twice now.

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  4. The root of this situation is not money or guns. Its parenting... Cut their ass for them...... pick their asses up on the block and embarrass their asses infront of their friends. It worked before why isnt it working now. As parents we allow the television to raise our kids. they do what they see. Give the children guidance and licks in their ass.

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    • before any one could correct a child...now do that and their mother will have ur head. but theres more to it than just parenting...stereotyping, greed, love of THINGS etc

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  5. Did you vote for Mary Francis or her party? So why that idiot statement that she should be the one addressing the problem.

    The person who you elected was the one in the media saying that he saw a hit list and alleging extra judicial killings.

    IS ST. LUCIA DUMB WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS. We won't identify the root cause of our problem but want to blame everybody else. What should have happened is that someone should just say that your son was involve and he should be locked up for the next 10 years or just mowed down by the police then when i ask, Mary who? You would reply Mary, mother of jesus.

    Let the damn woman do her work and complain to those who you elected and are now eating your money.

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  6. SLEEPY is more incompetent than the cops. Do we pay Ministers to tell us what we already know? I mean we could have always picked a youth straight out of Sir Arthur to tell us what the minister said.

    What has the minister so far proposed in tackling the problem? That is wat he was selected to do. We now have to question why this excuse for a minister was selected in the first place. As Rick said in St. Lucia we are all actors, acting police commissioner, along with an acting prime minister. Who else is acting? Probably the police!!

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  7. it hurts to see bodies on the roadside like dogs...these ppl have families...this is what mary francis shld address...and where is she by tbe way...if it was a police shooting she would be in the spotlight...rslpf do what u have to do and put an end to this.. o r c
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  8. You need to come down hard on those little assholes. You ever wonder why China does not have that type of problem, they don't put up with little assholes at all.

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  9. Why isn't the place cordoned off as it is a murder scene.The way things are done in St.Lucia baffles me and further more people are walking by like no care in the world.

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  10. it appears that this is not a problem in Saint Lucia alone but in other caricom countries and there's need to find a solution. Help us Heavenly Father.

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    • Good observation Starlight. There is indeed a model or a pattern that most of these idiotic governments in the region, from Jamaica down to Belize have followed. They all come up with their Step or similar programmes, give contracts to gang leaders, who then kill each other over these contracts. The young ones get involved because they may have lost their fathers, brothers, cousins or friends. Its the same thing throughout the Caribbean.

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  11. It's a bloody shame to see lives taken like this. Little value is placed on human life, killed On the roadside and for what? Ranks turf weapons money drugs. Life is a gift from the most high don't waste it.

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  12. It's a bloody shame to see lives taken away like this. Killed on the roadside, no value placed on the lives of human beings.... For what? Ranks, turf, money, weapons, drugs. Life is worth much more don't waste it, it's a gift from the most high.

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  13. very very sad day for St. Lucia and all the ghetto people. When these youngsters who are doing the killings or being paid to do the hits will realize that it wasn't worth it. Live by the sword and die by the sword. Even if your lifestyle don't catch up with you when you are young, just maybe when you are old someone will get you. The so called adults and elders who are not trying their best to stop it then you are guilty also. The police I am sure are lost as to who to take down because they don't want to appear to be taking sides but they must do their jobs. Anyone with any information please come forward and talk if not pray to God that the perpetrators pay.

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  14. Please Kenny address the nation, if you really cared you would. Please people let the police do their jobs ORC part 2.

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  15. You mean to tell me a 238Sq.Mile of real-estate with a group of thugs running around with guns, is such a problem for the RSLFP and the the (whatever Minister) he is, has come out to make such a retarded comment like this?

    We don't want to hear your analysis. You are getting paid by us to do a job, so do it.

    Equip the RSLPF and allow them to do their jobs.

    Praise be to God that this island isn't the size of Cuba.

    If you can't manage such a tiny island, you think you can handle thousands of Sq.miles of real-estate?

    You have failed and should resign.
    We can't afford to be paying for FAILURE ANYMORE.

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  16. If this is the case then the million dollar question is where are these youngsters getting the firearms and where is the cash flow coming from to purchase them. Truth is they are cowards without the guns. Find the cash flow origination, cut it off; deploy "Operation Restore Confidence II", and we'll see how big & strong they are then.

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    • Good question Lucian daughter. Some of those with the money need to create this chaos and turmoil, in order to pretend like they care and have the solutions. Keep your eyes and ears opened over the next few weeks. The ones who finance the hardware will be seen and heard....wink wink. As for Lacorbiniere....daft as a plank. This trend has been in motion for a few years now.

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