Trinidad and Tobago: On Thursday, the opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar highlighted, acknowledged and remembered the life of Kevin Kyle Spring, who was shot and killed.
The leader of the opposition took social media and wrote, “We Need To Talk About a Beautiful Child Named Kevin Kyle Spring. I read a story in the Newsday newspaper of young Kevin Kyle Spring, who was shot and killed last Saturday. This statement is not about politics. This is meant to highlight, acknowledge and remember the life of a beautiful child named Kevin Kyle Spring.”
She further condemned the act and said that it is painful to know about the killings like Kevin’s. “As a mother and a grandmother, stories like Kevin’s death are painful. I have a grandson of the same age as Kevin, and I cannot begin to comprehend the pain that Kevin’s family must be feeling,” she mentioned.
Kamla Persad further expressed grief and said that her thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives, like Kevin. The post by Bissessar read, “Kevin’s life should not have ended this way. My thoughts & prayers are with Kevin’s family and the families of so many others whose lives were cut short by murderers.”
She further noted that she was devastated after knowing that he (Kelvin) was killed while washing a car to earn some money. The leader of the opposition further highlighted that Kelvin wanted to become a model young man, but all his dreams and aspirations were killed.
“Kevin was killed while washing a car to earn some money to put towards making his dreams come true. When I read this beautiful child’s story, my heart broke. Kevin kept a journal detailing his hopes and dreams of aspiring to become a model young man, she wrote, adding, “He outlined in detail what he planned to achieve. Such potential, ambition, and determination to succeed were extinguished in one second by the merciless onslaught of crime and criminality that has become commonplace in our nation today.”
Bissessar added that the youngsters of the nation had been fallen victim to crimes, and they deserve a safe and secure environment. “Our young people especially are at the forefront of this crisis. Our many children have fallen victim to criminal elements, and some have fallen into crime themselves, having been deprived of opportunities to steer their lives in a positive direction. Our young people deserve to live their lives in a safe and secure environment, not one of constant fear and anxiety that they will be the next target for criminals.”
She concluded, “We must look at root causes of crime and violence, such as poverty, inequality and lack of opportunity for young people, and act to address these. Today, with the crime continuing to surge, our nation is praying for peace. I fervently hope that we can do what is necessary to bring this under control. Let us work to ensure that wonderful children like Kevin can live to fulfil their hopes and dreams; that they can turn their “Future Book” into reality.”