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Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris
yesterday blamed this country s recent spate
of child deaths on a number of social inequal-
ities plaguing society.
Harris was at the time delivering the homily
to hundreds of Catholics at the Queen s Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, for the Corpus Christi
service ahead of the procession to Independence
"Until exclusion and inequality in society and
between people are reversed it will be impossible
to eliminate violence," Harris said.
"Indeed here in T&T, the call for greater secu-
rity resonates in all our hearts but as Pope Francis
has reminded us, until the exclusion and inequal-
ity in our country is reversed, the insecurity we
feel will increase, it will not end.
Harris listed these inequalities as that between
the salaries of executives and workers, inequalities
in legal representation, access to healthcare and
housing, and the inequality in access to job and
He said the insecurity would continue to plague
the nation in spite of the best intentions of many.
"These inequalities contribute in no small
measure to the spate of children deaths. there
have been 15 since March," Harris said.
He said while the nation was quick to place
blame, it was important for people to accept
"When these disasters occur, do our hearts
go out with compassion of God to parents and
"Let us ask ourselves what if any help we have
given as individuals and what can we and should
we do as individuals?"
Harris said the world continued to become
more and more bereft of moral values.
He said the culture of T&T was extremely
individualistic and self-serving, with an accent
on upward mobility.
He said the result of the acceptance of lack
of moral values was greed which spawned cor-
ruption, various financial meltdowns and the
underground business of drugs and guns.
"I think we would all agree that our society
"This sickness will not necessarily lead to
death. The remedy is in our hands," Harris said.
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As Catholics celebrated the body of Christ
yesterday, Monsignor Christian Pereira called
on Christians to assess the carelessness that
is leading to the deaths of our nation s chil-
"What is happening to our children? Oh
gosh! It is not my fault. Oh Gosh! I forgot. Oh
Gosh! I didn t realise. That is not good enough
for people who are living in Jesus and for
people in whom Jesus is living," Pereira said.
In a hearty Corpus Christi homily at Our
Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fer-
nando, Pereira said instead of blaming others,
each person should commit to making the
world a safe place for children and elders.
"As a people, each and every one of us must
take stock of the carelessness and the medi-
ocrity, which we continue to live our lives with,
for that in itself has caused and is causing so
many of our children to die.
"We say we are not bad people and maybe
rightly so, but are we really good people? Are
we really men and women who are attentive
to the indwelling of Jesus in our lives? Are we
allowing out carelessness to lead us more and
more to see our children dying in front of our
Within the past two months, 15 children
have died under tragic circumstances, sending
shock and concern throughout the nation. It
was just Monday that four-year-old Kimora
Millette died in a fire at her La Romaine home.
While children are dying, Pereira lamented
that young people were destroying their old
lives while elders were fighting among them-
selves for things that cannot bring happiness.
Invoking introspection among parishioners,
he asked: "Where is our world going? Have
we forgotten the one who wants to live within
us? Have we forgotten the one who calls us
to dwell within?
"As Catholics if we do nothing else on this
Corpus Christi, let us reaffirm our identity in
Jesus, let us reaffirm our relationship with
him, allowing him not only to live within us,
but allow us to live with him, to focus our
lives on the care which we must all take for
each other, not to blame it on his or her care-
lessness and their negligence and their wrong-
doing but rather to look at ourselves and ask
myself: Can I be a more careful person? "
And as the long holiday weekend began, he
cautioned motorists against drinking and driv-
ing, saying that it not only destroys vehicles,
but human lives and families.
After spending the morning in prayer, hun-
dreds of parishioners went on a procession
through the city, giving special prayers for
medical practitioners, government workers,
ancestors, agricultural workers and for smooth
traffic operations of the nation s roadways.
robbers were shot
dead by police
they were report-
edly about to
commit their lat-
around 3.45 am
of the North East-
ern Division Task Force (NEDTF) led by
Insp Roger Alexander and Cpl Sunil Bharath
received information that three heavily
armed men were driving through Santa
Cruz on their way to rob a family.
Police spotted the bandits gold Nissan
Almera near Bourg Mulatresse and attempt-
ed to track it without raising the suspects
The suspects, however, realised they were
being followed and sped up, leading to a
When the driver of the car eventually
ran off the road near to Jaggan Village,
Upper Santa Cruz, the men got out, report-
edly drew guns and shot at police.
Police returned fire, wounding two of the
men, while the third, believed to be the
driver, ran away.
The two wounded men were taken to the
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
in Mt Hope, but were pronounced dead on
arrival by doctors at the Accident and Emer-
Two loaded guns---a .40 calibre Smith
and Wesson pistol and a .38 revolver and
several spent shells were recovered on the
One of the dead men was later identified
as Abba Diaz, 26, of Blackford Street, Santa
Cruz, while the other remained unidentified
up to late yesterday. When police checked,
he did not have any identification docu-
ments on him.
Investigators are expected to scan the
police database with his fingerprints in an
attempt to identify him.
Post-mortems will be performed on their
bodies at the Forensic Science Centre in St
James, on Monday.
The suspect, who managed to slip away
from police, is well known to police and is
said to be a 29-year-old resident of Upper
Pipiol Road in Santa Cruz.
Investigators said both Diaz and the want-
ed fugitive are well known to police and
both had been recently released on bail after
appearing in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates
Court on arms and ammunition charges.
"We really don t know the third man. It
doesn t appear that he was from up here
(Santa Cruz)," a police source said.
The two suspects have raised the toll of
civilians to be killed by police for the year
to 28. Ten of the police killings have occurred
in the North Eastern Division, according to
statistics complied by the T&T Guardian
However, unlike the recent deaths of
teenage cousins Tevin Alexander, 15, and
Hakeem Alexander, 16 and that of 21-year-
old Chaquille Mc Coy in two separate shoot-
ing in Morvant almost two weeks ago, yes-
terday incident did not spark protests in
the Santa Cruz community.
Investigations are continuing.
Cops kill two
Priest: Take stock of the carelessness
RC Archbishop blames social
inequalities for child deaths
A parishioner kneels on Park Street, Port-of-Spain, during Eucharistic Adoration at yesterday's
Corpus Christi procession. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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