The recent tragic murder of Jessie Narine should be a wakeup call for all of us. We have to be watchful for signs of domestic abuse and vigilant where perpetrators appear intent on committing murder.
It seems that the writing was on the wall and it was only a matter of time before Kyron Lawrence carried out his threats.
So what can be done to prevent another such tragedy? Firstly, as a community, we can all join hands to speak out against such evil. A community working with one voice could deter other such abusers. The community can also join forces with victims to protect and empower them. We should also establish Family Support Centres in every parish. These centres could provide legal advice and confidential counselling, available 24/7 in emergencies if required.
Perhaps if Kyron Lawrence had been able to face up to his murderous feelings and vent his spleen in words not action, there would have been a different and happier outcome.
Our young men have to realise that it is a sign of strength, not weakness, to speak about, and face up to, difficult feelings and emotions such as jealousy and hatred.
So to all of those out there who are struggling with similar difficulties, I urge you to find someone you trust and respect to speak to. If there is no one in your family or community then please seek access to a trained counsellor through the Ministry of Social Development, Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic or Child Protection Authority.
The worst thing you can do is bottle up your feelings by keeping them to yourself or suppressing them with drugs and/or alcohol. This is the certain way to feed the devil and carry out his evil work.
Please don’t let Jessie’s death be in vain.
Harriet George, MSW, Lecturer in Social Work at TAMCC.