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St Lucia’s murder rate is scary

Regional 09 Jun, 2022 Follow News

St Lucia had become a dangerous place

St Lucia is quickly gaining a reputation as a dangerous place to live as the murder rate soars to alarming levels.

St Lucia recorded 25 killings during the first five months of this year after a record number in 2021. Assistant Police Commissioner George Nicholas admitted “we have too many homicides being recorded for our little population,”

In the final days of May, two young men were killed on successive days in Vieux Fort, according to former prime minister and current Member of Parliament for Vieux-Fort South, Kenny D. Anthony, who called for an urgent meeting with police.

Residents of Vieux Fort, a town at the island’s southern tip, collected 20,000 St Lucia dollars ($7,400) as a reward for information on the shooting death of 21-year-old Jesus Blanchard. A video of Blanchard’s killing showed him sitting by the side of the road with another man on the night of May 28, when a gunman walked up to them and shot Blanchard several times. Other slayings in May frightened citizens in Laborie and Soufriére.

The record 74 murders recorded last year means St Lucia had a homicide rate of 40 per 100,000 people. This places it with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in the top five countries with the highest homicide rates in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021. The others are Venezuela and Honduras.

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