Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley

This country’s Prime Minister is hopeful that the crime fighting initiative implemented in Laventille following the brutal murder of two teens in the area last week, will be successful.

Dr. Rowley spoke on the joint police and army patrols in the area deemed a crime hot spot, during the Panorama Semi Finals on Sunday.

He said he hopes the population works in tandem with the authorities to fight crime in this country.

Meanwhile, a man who has been detained by police authorities with respect to the shooting death of two Laventille students has claimed his innocence.

The two students, 17-year-old De-neil Smith and 16-year-old Mark Richards were shot to death last Thursday on their way home after leaving school.

Ethan Phillip is the son of 81 year-old Mosely Phillip who was shot dead last Friday at his home in Sogren Trace, Laventille.

He claimed that rumors and gossip led to the death of his father which he believed was done in retaliation for the teenager’s execution-style killings.

He also claimed that he was made a scapegoat as he was never arrested.

Residents in the Laventille area have appealed for protection against gang violence.

They say that many residents wish to give evidence however they are afraid to.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia met with the students of Laventille Success Secondary School yesterday.

He assured students that they would be protected and urged them to continue with their studies.

Smith and Richards, both students of Success Laventille Secondary School, were in a taxi going home after school on January 21 when they were pulled out of the car by alleged gang members and shot to death.

Investigations are continuing.