The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Wednesday said is “alarmed at the news of the killing” of Miss Simonia Da Silva of Fairhall, who was stabbed to death in her yard by a mob as her family looked on, helplessly, held at bay by a volley of glass bottles.
“This latest homicide is shocking to us and to all Vincentians,” the NDP said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Simonia. It is never easy to lose a loved one. It is especially difficult to lose one so young and taken from those close to her in such tragic circumstances,” the party said of the death of the 23-year-old woman.
“We call on the police to investigate this matter quickly and to bring all those involved to justice. Also, we urge anyone who has information that might assist the police in their investigation to please cooperate with the investigators,” the NDP said.
“We further call on the various organizations in our country that serve young people to take this tragic event as a call to action. The challenge is great but the community working together can help to prevent other such tragedies,” the party further stated.
Police said on Tuesday that they had three females in custody in connection with the killing.
Simonia’s sister, Crystal Da Silva, who witnessed the killing, told iWitness News that members of a gang calling themselves “Outlaw Crew”, attacked she, her sister, their mother and stepfather in their yard as they tried to make their way to their house after a confrontation at an entertainment event.
Da Silva’s death brings to 24 the number of homicides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year.