Patricia MacGregor’s daughter saw her brother Eric gunned down in broad daylight five years ago when she was 13. Patricia says it’s a memory that will stay with her forever.
That’s why she says she is anxious for programmes like the PLP’s “Fifty Bahamians “Violence Breakers” and Safe Havens to be implemented quickly. She also expressed dismay that her son’s killer is still walking free.
“Right now the young man passes me and hails me every day of my life,” she said.
PLP Candidate for Golden Isles, Senator Michael Halkitis visited the MacGregor family on Sunday to explain the new measures the PLP promises to introduce if the party wins the next general elections.
Speaking about “Violence Breakers”, Mr.Halkitis said the strategic social partnership “will proactively mediate and diffuse would-be conflicts before they escalate into violent and criminal confrontations that too often lead to serious injury and death, creating chaos, fear and pandemonium within affected communities.”
“Safe Havens” will prove to be an invaluable resource during the critical and vulnerable period of transition in the lives of our at risk men and women,” he said.
The PLP has already underscored the importance of the “Fifty Bahamians” initiative.
The three programmes will complement each other to target vulnerable communities in the country.
Mr. Halkitis also referred to the governing Free National Movement (FNM) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) which do not support the PLP’s crime plan. “Why would they oppose 50 Bahamians acting as mentors to at risk youth? Why would they oppose Violence Breakers intervening to deescalate violence and save lives? Why would they oppose Safe Havens to help save the lives of at risk youth?” he said.
Meantime, Patricia MacGregor is still seeking justice for her son’s death-which she has learned was a case of mistaken identity. She wants to make sure that no other mother endures the pain she does.