Meeting will tackle gang violence

  • Desmond Crockwell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Desmond Crockwell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A fresh bid to tackle gangs and antisocial behaviour in an island parish is to take place tonight.

The launch of Peace in Hamilton Parish comes after a wave of murders and attempted murders in the area.

Desmond Crockwell, of Youthvision Promotions, said: “With there having been murders and attempted murders at both Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club and Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, we found it to be a worthy effort to bring the idea of the Anti-Violence Network to the parish.”

Mr Crockwell said the idea to hold the event in the parish came through conversations with a concerned local resident.

He added: “The verbal support we received has been overwhelming, as many people recognise our purpose.”

Mr Crockwell said family members of young men — including those of victims of violence and those convicted of offences — had signed up for the Anti-Violence Network.

He would like to see attendance continue to grow at the events as more people understand the goal.

He said: “I think their courage is commendable and should be supported.”

The event, part of series across the island, will feature a number of speakers including Pastor Leroy Bean, the new gang violence reduction co-ordinator.

Other presenters include Nicky Furbert, mother of murder victim Rico Furbert, Tyrone McHardy, counsellor at the Berkeley Institute, and boxing coach Robert Somner.

The event will also include music from Corvin Melody, J-Silva and Amori “Marvo” Browne.

Mr Crockwell said that two anonymous donors had helped to finance the event.

He added, however, that more financial support would help “so we can become more consistent in our presence throughout our island”.

Mr Crockwell said: “We must continue our efforts, because we believe we are helping to make a difference.”

Peace in Hamilton Parish will take place at Crawl Gospel Hall at 7pm.

For more information, contact 297-2018 or e-mail

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Oct 21, 2017 at 12:01 am (Updated Oct 21, 2017 at 12:47 am)

Meeting will tackle gang violence

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "What do you see as best for the future of Bermuda's energy?"
    • Belco Plan
    • 13%
    • Bermuda Better Energy Plan
    • 68%
    • Other
    • 19%
    • Total Votes: 2308
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts