Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he remains deeply concerned about the "wanton violence" plaguing Trinidad and Tobago and strongly condemns the recent unlawful killing of teen farmer, Leon Bebe.
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says that from all accounts, Bebe, 19, was an ambitious and hardworking entrepreneur who fully immersed himself in the field of agriculture.
"He has been described by those closest to him as an honest, positive role model. His positive activities in agriculture held out such hope for young people. It is terribly disheartening that we are producing people in our society who will attack and kill others for their own personal gratification," the statement said.
It goes on to say that "we must encourage all our citizens and more so our young people to strive for excellence and to dedicate themselves to improving their lives and contributing to the overall development of our nation".
It adds: "We must also stand strongly together as a nation in condemnation of those who are bent on marring Trinidad and Tobago with violence and criminal activity. Those who choose to adopt a criminal lifestyle must not find solace and comfort in our homes, communities and nation. Law enforcement and the judiciary must continue to do their part and we as law-abiding citizens need to cooperate with the authorities so that we can to rid our country of this homicidal scourge."
The Prime Minister has also extended condolences to the family and friends of Leon Bebe.
Bebe was shot dead in Malick on Tuesday night.