Prime Minister Andrew Holness has labelled the killing of eight-year-old Danielle Rowe, a student from Braeton Primary and Infant School who was abducted and had her throat slashed as “deeply disturbing and barbaric”.
Rowe died early this morning (June 10) due to injuries she received during the brutal attack.
The Prime Minister extended his condolences to the family and urged citizens who have information related to the case to come forward.
“My heart goes out to Danielle’s family and friends during this period of immense grief. The entire Jamaica must consider this a charge on our collective conscience. Anyone who has any information or knowledge of this incident should immediately inform the police. We cannot be silent or protect those responsible for this gruesome act. Society cannot surrender to wanton violence, and we must be unequivocal when violence is directed against our children,” Holness said in a statement on Saturday.
He noted that since the start of the year, eight children have been murdered, three of which were under the age of 12.
“Our indignation and intolerance of fatal violence must be expressed in the highest penalties as a deterrent and the stiffest punishment if the criminal was not deterred. My Government will not resile from using all the legal tools available to us in sending a clear message that violence of any form is unacceptable and in bringing perpetrators of violent crime to justice,” Holness noted.
While investigations are ongoing, Holness has directed that all necessary investigative resources be mobilized to bring the perpetrators to justice.
He has also directed the Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams to have all schools review their safety and security policies to ensure that the policies and procedures are being effectively practiced to ensure the safety of the nation’s children.
Reports are that Rowe was taken from the institution in a motor car, and transported to Kingston where she was discovered and taken to the hospital.