“Enough is enough; time for tough action on crime.”
These were the words of Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she delivered a tribute to Christopher Mohammed, who was found murdered in St James on Friday.
Christopher, 28, worked as a sous chef aboard an oil rig and was a part-time Uber driver.
Speaking during the funeral service at the St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Petit Valley, the Opposition Leader said, "At a time when we are seeing the lives of so many daughters and sons of our soil being snuffed out; it is any parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child, and I can only imagine the pain felt by these families having lost their loved ones.”
Persad-Bissessar lamented the loss of "an outstanding young man", whom she said had a vision and had set out goals for himself and his family and did his best to ensure they were well cared for.
“While we celebrate Christopher’s life, his death should not go in vain; others should not so senselessly lose their lives,” she said.
“We cannot continue this way; as a mother, as a grandmother, as a citizen, we must join our hands together and say, ‘This is enough.’”
“I recently made a call on the Government to look at the option of getting our soldiers involved in the fight against crime, and I think this is a viable option to act as a deterrent and to help reduce the crime levels in our country,” the Opposition Leader said.
Describing the upsurge in violent crime, home invasions and murders as frightening, the Opposition Leader criticised what she called the Government’s silence and inaction in dealing with this issue.
Persad-Bissessar offered condolences and words of comfort to Mohammed's family, and urged them to keep their faith in God during this difficult time.