Prime Minister, Opposition leader condemn murder of Yetanya Francis

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andrew-holness-photo-5.jpgPrime Minister Andrew Holness and opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips have lashed out at the gruesome murder of 14 year old Yetanya Francis of Arnett Gardens Kingston on Thursday. Mr Holness, in his statement, has again called for an end to the killing of the nation's children.

Yetanya had gone to a shop to purchase food and when she did not return home, relatives became concerned. Her nude, partially burnt body was found in an open lot in the community on Friday.

In a statement, Mr. Holness expressed outrage at the incident and said the thugs who murdered the 14-year-old girl have no place in the Jamaican society.

Mr. Holness said he has spoken to the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police, and both emphasized their resolve to ensure that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Prime Minister also appealed to anyone with information on the killing to report it to the police or to call Crime Stop at 311.

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And, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips visited the family of 14 year old Yetanya Francis to offer support and condolences. He was accompanied by Member of Parliament Mark Golding.

Francis was killed in her Arnet Gardens community on August 23. She went missing the Thursday evening and her body was found Friday morning.

Dr. Phillips described the girls killing as a new level of brutality. The Opposition Leader said the community needs better lighting and more police patrols.

He urged residents who have information to come forward.

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