MP believes CCTV cameras were working at murder scene
Condolences poured in yesterday for the family of murder victim Jonathan Dill from a cross-section of Bermuda's legislators.
And Pembroke East Central MP Michael Weeks sought to allay concerns in the St Monica's Road, Pembroke neighbourhood about the CCTV cameras overlooking the area of the shooting.
Mr Weeks, long an advocate of installing CCTV in the gang-afflicted area, told The Royal Gazette that to his best knowledge, the security cameras there were in working order.
The Progressive Labour Party MP recalled Mr Dill, 30, as “a good young man” whose parents, Steven Dill and Sandra Perinchief-Dill, were left in shock by their son's shooting.
“I am incensed by this senseless tragedy,” Mr Weeks said.
“I understand the police cameras are there — I pushed to have them there. Street lights are good and cameras are good but that does not mean the community is absolved. There are no better eyes than the community.
“We have to come together and say what we know. We have to make these guys perpetrating these acts become the ones who are afraid, by us speaking up and pointing fingers.”
Opposition MP and Shadow Minister of Public Safety, Michael Scott said the Progressive Labour Party will launch a Task Group on Crime to find solutions.
“The country is weary of the shootings, the violence and the conflict that is dividing and slaying our fellow Bermudians,” said Mr Scott.
“Families have been traumatised and the Bermuda Police Service is pushed to the limit in investigating and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We must find new solutions to end the shootings and get guns and bullets off our streets.” In that regard he said: “I will an Informed Task Group to address and investigate the features of Bermuda shootings in all of its aspects.”
Added Mr Scott: “We fill find solutions and develop recommendations that are strong and effective in creating a lasting peace.”
He extended condolences to the victim's family on behalf of his colleagues and urged witnesses, or anyone with “knowledge that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the murderers” to come forward.
PLP MP for Pembroke East, Walter Roban echoed the remarks of his colleagues.
“I am deeply saddened for the family of the victim murdered last night and for our community in the Glebe Road/St Monica's area.
“This marks the second shooting in two weeks and residents of this area of have seen far too many tragedies like these in recent years.
“As the Parliamentary representative for this area, I stand with the residents and condemn this senseless act of violence. On behalf of the Progressive Labour Party, our condolences go out to the family of the victim.”
He continued: “As a people, we must remain vigilant and committed in our efforts to combat and eliminate violence in our community. These murders affect all of us. We appeal to anyone who may have witnessed what happened to cooperate with the authorities in order to bring justice and closure for the victim, their family and loved ones.”
Junior Minister for Public Safety Jeffrey Baron labelled the shooting “a senseless attack with tragic results”.
“This latest shooting has robbed another family of a husband and father, son and friend. In the wake of this tragedy our first thoughts are for the victim's family and friends and supporting them in the coming days and weeks,” Sen Baron said.
“This Government fully supports the police in their plea for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and we encourage them to share any information that will assist the Police.
“For the wider community it is important that we allow the police to do their job in investigating this crime so that justice can be properly served. At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Dill's family, especially his wife and young daughter.”
With a murder investigation under way, police have appealed for anyone with possible information to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 — or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.