PM’s words of comfort

PRIME MINISTER MIA AMOR MOTTLEY has extended condolences to the relatives of the two victims of yesterday’s brutal attack at the abandoned former home of the Anglican Bishop of Barbados.

Christoff Griffith, 25, of Laynes Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael and Glenroy James, 51, of Grazettes, St Michael, died on the spot.

“My sense of hurt, like that of so many who knew him [Christoff] and his family, is compounded by the fact that he was a decent, kind and quietly confident young man who exemplified all the qualities that his father devoted so many of his years as a policeman to try to instil in young men and women across St Michael,” she said, adding that her heart bled for parents Christopher and Sonia and siblings Chad and Chaquon.

“I knew Sergeant Griffith as a beat officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force who served as a most effective bridge between the communities that make up my constituency and surrounding districts, and in Christoff, one could not miss the fact that what his father preached in the community, he also preached at home.

“Christoff’s was a life that ended well before he had the opportunity to fulfil the potential that he had only just started to display as a news photographer – that in itself being a tragedy, made worse by the apparent circumstances,” she said.

She extended condolences to the family of James, saying that his relatives and loved ones “must also be overwhelmed with grief at this time, having also suffered the loss of his life in such a violent and tragic way. My thoughts and prayers are with them”.

“To the members of the journalism fraternity, and to everyone who has been touched by the quiet confidence, respect and compassion that Christoff exemplified, but especially to Christopher, Sonia, Chaquon, Chad and the rest of the family, I extend my deepest personal condolence, as well as that of the Government of Barbados.” 

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