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Nov 7, 2017

O.W. Town Council Throws Hat in Crime Ring

Kevin Bernard

On Friday night, businessman Amit Moryani was brutally killed in Orange Walk Town, while attempting to defend his mother who was under attack by armed robbers.  A month ago, Daniel Carillo was gunned down as he headed home. Aside from murders, there has been a growing number of crimes happening in that municipality.  But the recent shocking murder of Moryani has stunned that northern town.  Mayor Kevin Bernard says he strongly condemns these acts of violence, and that his office is working closely with the police and other stakeholders to address crime.

 

Kevin Bernard, Mayor, Orange Walk Town

“When things like this happen, it shakes up everybody because it could happen to any one of us. So, I offer my condolences to the Indian Community and of course the family. I know the father very well. He is always in contact with us in terms of how we work together as a community and the council. We have to do our part in sensitizing the community and working with the business community. At one point, we were even thinking should we start putting up surveillance cameras all over the town.  It saddens me as the Mayor as well to see that it happens in our community; not that we pray that it happens in any other community. It is something that we should not condone and hope that the law prevails and the culprits are found and dealt with.  What this is telling us that there are many factors; high unemployment, lack of opportunities for our people, people tend to run and do things to run to do things to get a quick buck and end up murdering people. It is sad. But I think that much more needs to be done. In the Town Council, we try to engage our young people especially those at risk. We recently had a joint meeting with the police, the US Embassy, members of the Youth Service and so forth to see how can we come together to put a nice plan in place that will ensure that these young people focus on positive things. We invest a lot of money in sports, every week we have a lot of activities taking place but sports is not only what bring in young people. We have to look at other opportunities to help the youth get ahead in life, but we have to help create that enabling environment.  But there is much more than that, I think that the constant involvement of the community in other areas have to come from that – that national government –  you often hear that the youth service don’t have the necessary resources to implement certain programs, so government has to really look at that. We always talk about the youth being our future and they are present. We need to mold them from now to make them good leaders for the future. We don’t want to see a Belize where, an Orange Walk, especially, where crime is spiraling out of control. I think we can nip that one time and work along with these young people. We know who these troubled youths are, so to get them onboard we have to reach out and talk to them. The police have a significant role to play as well, ensuring the law and order that maintains in this town. So, these are things in this town I am saying that we as Council and the Mayor are prepared to sit and work with any organization that will help bring our young people together.”

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