Berbice Murders: President visits families of murdered West Berbice teens

President Irfaan Ali (right) visiting with the family of Isaiah Henry today. (Office of the President photo)
President Irfaan Ali (right) visiting with the family of Isaiah Henry  

President Irfaan Ali today (September 11, 2020) met with the families of the three youths who were recently killed on the West Coast Berbice.

A release from the Office of the President today said that he assured the families that everything possible will be done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The killings last weekend of Isaiah and Joel Henry triggered major unrest along the West Coast Berbice. Haresh Singh was murdered on Wednesday.   

A statement from the Office of the President follows:

Georgetown, Guyana – (September 11, 2020) His Excellency, President Irfaan Ali, today, met with the families of the West Coast Berbice (WCB) slain teens, Isaiah and Joel Henry and Haresh Singh at their homes, to personally express his condolences and to assure them of his Government’s support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The Head of state assured the relatives that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that those responsible for the heinous acts are brought to justice and made to answer for their crimes.

“On behalf of the people of Guyana and my own behalf and that of my family and Government, I want to again express my condolences to you and your family,” President Ali said.

During his visit with each of the families, the President also pledged to work tirelessly to ensure that the resolution of the investigation is given the highest priority.

“I will work day and night to get to the bottom of what happened to those teens,” President Ali vowed.

He also used the opportunity to urge all residents and community members present to work with the members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, who are stationed in the communities, to restore peace and stability.

“Safety and security in all of the communities remain a top priority. As you can see, there is more visibility on the ground, more resources on the ground,” the Head of State said.

The President urged the communities to come together and not to allow themselves to be divided. He also asked the residents to cooperate with the Police, who are working to not only conduct their investigations, but to also bring peace to the communities along the WCB corridor. This, he stressed, can be achieved through cooperation and the sharing of critical information, which can assist investigators.

The Head of State reiterated that no forms of criminality will be tolerated.

“We cannot tolerate lawlessness and criminality. We have to fix what went wrong and move forward,” President Ali stated.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved relatives all expressed their hope that justice will be served swiftly and that all leads will be pursued. They expressed too, their appreciation for the President’s visit and his commitment to ensuring that all steps are taken towards achieving justice for the boys.

During his visit, President Ali also met with the family of Prittipaul Hargobin from Bath Settlement, who was also killed, to offer his support and condolences.

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  • Janet James  On 09/12/2020 at 8:40 am

    The PNC inclusive of Harmon, the main perpetrator of the killing of innocent people. PNC are barbarians the cannot loose gracefully. They should face the firing squad.

    • guyaneseonline  On 09/12/2020 at 9:49 am

      This type of comment will not be allowed on this blog.
      Your future comments will now be blocked.

      • brandli62  On 09/13/2020 at 11:41 am

        Cyril, many thanks for intervening. I am shocked to read the comment of Ms. James. Her claims are baseless and her comments incite violence against political opponents. There should be no place for such statements on this blog.

    • Kman  On 09/12/2020 at 11:06 am

      I can understand your frustration, but these kinds of things are not only happening in Guyana and other poor countries around the globe, but also in rich countries. Look at the situation in the US, for example. We as humans have to pray and hope that the demons amongst us be held accountable. People are blaming the Pandemic as the reason, but bullying, oppression, etc. Have always been there.
      Cannot imagine how the family and friends of victims all over the world can cope with it without going crazy.

      If only one can wave a wand and stop the worldwide nonsense.

      In the meanwhile, keep the faith and hang on to your sanity.

  • CSD Maraj  On 09/12/2020 at 1:02 pm

    I must Agree with Kman,
    We Guyanese from all political stripes who are law abiding citizens of Guyana are all frustrated with what is going on before our own eyes regardless..
    Yes see clearly Mr..Harmon and Ex Pres:Granger inciting their supporters using words like ( we must protect our selves). My question to president Granger is ” Protect ourselves from who??)
    Not long after the Goons and Hooligans were given the code words,
    (Protect Our Selves) The killing ,Looting ,Burning and robbing began on innocent people who were going about their business.
    Guiana is still a democracy than God
    Please let the Courts serve Justice.
    We must all be calm and civil it is our duty as citizens to make peace and do not
    add fuel to the fire.
    Most Guyanese are decent hard working citizens.The few bad apples who are
    giving Guyana a bad image for the world to see must be dealt with swiftly and severely.
    Yes After they are given a fair trail an example must be made so as to deter future occurrences.
    This is vital so that Government business can function efficiently in case of emergencies and most important for all citizens to go about their business freely
    without fear of their property being destroyed or getting assaulted,robbed or even loosing their lives.
    Please once more Let The Courts decide the fate of the few bad apples and lets not forget loss of the lives of the three Boys and their families.
    Remember Hate and revenge has never solve any problem, Prayers and Time heals.
    Let the Courts do the due diligence and serve the justice required.

    We are all in this together whether You like it or not Calm must prevail.
    Guyana and the majority of Guyanese believe in peace so lets reflect on the Positive things we as Guyanese have achieved, lets take a hard look in the mirror
    and ask our self what can I do for my Guyana to bring Love Peace and Harmony.

    We Guyanese are a resilient nation we have seen the Good The Bad and The Ugly so each one of us has a responsibility to be a good, honest and sincere citizen.
    We can do it let today be a new beginning.
    What has happened cannot be undone let today brings a brighter tomorrow
    we are all this ship together whether you like it or not.
    Remember ALL LIVES MATTER.

    • Curtis  On 09/12/2020 at 7:20 pm

      As usual you’re sitting there like a Jaguar waiting to pounce on any buzz word or statement that is said from the opposite side. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the PNC and Burnham. I will tell you the Code Words that were used by your fearless leader when campaigning in your various villages…”We tekking we country back”, which has now made PPP supporters feel they have free reins to murder and mutulate young Afro Guyanes teenage boys. Foolish man!!!!

  • guyaneseonline  On 09/12/2020 at 1:29 pm


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