In a 'letter to the territory' today, February 7, 2022, the BVICC reminded that Matthew 5:9 says ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God’ and noted that we are “indeed” living in perilous times.
It said it is praying and believing God for the healing of the land from violence and crime.
“We, therefore, join with the Government of the Virgin Islands, taking a stand in opposing violence and crime against each other here in our beautiful territory.
“We speak out against the brutal shooting in broad daylight, of a young resident last Sunday, January 30, 2022, and the previous shooting of another young man in a famous night club right here in our territory.
“This is becoming one too many! We advocate peace in our territory and condemn violence and crime against humanity.”
The BVICC said it is the will of God that we all live in unity and peace and made a plea to “STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW!”
The BVICC also sent condolences to the families who lost their loved ones to crime and violence recently.
Jaquan Thomas was the person shot to death in Cappoons Bay just over a week ago while army veteran Jaimez A. J. Stoutt, age 31, was fatally shot at a bar in Free Bottom on December 11, 2021.
“We pray God’s strength and comfort in this time of bereavement. You are in our prayers. We pray peace over our land as we call upon each resident to speak out against violence and crime in our communities.
“May God continue to heal these beautiful Virgin Islands,” the BVICC stated in the letter signed by President of the Council, Reverend Erflin A. M. Browne.