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Mr. Derrick Gumbs, Jr. is the second victim of murder this year in the Federation.  The Observer extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

The Royal St. Kitts-Nevis Police are talking to some men in connection with this crime. They are also appealing to the public for assistance with any information about this case and promising confidentiality to anyone who helps. We urge anyone who knows anything about this case, or any other crime, to do their duty and assist law enforcement.

In the final analysis, it will be the citizens of the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis who end crime.

Law enforcement can investigate and arrest suspects, the courts can prosecute, convict and imprison the guilty, but in the end it will be public intolerance of such heinous acts and public courage to assist authorities in pursuit of perpetrators that will bring peace and security to these islands.

Public disdain for lawbreaking and violent acts should be encouraged from government offices, pulpits, the press, educators and by responsible adults, who can talk to their children every night at dinner to encourage them to follow the path of good works, not evil.

The campaign against crime should not be confined to the times when news of violence and other criminal activities are in the news, but carried on at all times, in all places – speaking up for the rule of law like the relentless presence of the law of gravity.

A new and greater respect for the law and for each other can come, even if it does come slowly, if we are all willing to stand up against those who possess no respect for themselves, the law or other people.

Then we can live in peace.

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