Sunday 18 August, 2019

Arima Mayor: Counselling available after shooting near primary school

Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian says students, parents and staff will receive the necessary counselling they require under the Education Ministry, after the murder which occurred on Temple Street, near the Arima Hindu Primary School on Thursday.

Morris-Julian was responding to the shooting incident which left Dominic Almarles dead and his wife Desiree Layne hospitalised.

"We are quite confident that the Ministry of Education will carry the necessary personnel to counsel, not just the students but the staff of the school. No doubt, the traumatic incident has affected the parents, the children and the burgesses."

Layne was identified by many as the granddaughter of infamous druglord Lily Layne who was murdered in 2007.

However, the Arima said that had no bearing on the matter at hand.

"I understand there is a lot of talk about who is the granddaughter of what person... we are not concerned about that.  A family is in crisis, a school has been intimidated [sic] and students are fearful and what we believe is that we must go in and help as much as we can."

Morris-Julian said she had faith that Education Minister Anthony Garcia "will deal with it as he sees fit", adding that she spoke with TTPS officials who assure her that they are working assiduously on this case.

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