Bermuda’s Minister of National Security expressed “deep sympathy and concern” today, following the tragic incidents that marred Bermuda Day celebrations yesterday.

“On what should have been a joyous day of national celebration, our community was shaken by two senseless acts of violence, which I condemn” stated Minister Weeks.

He was responding to the two separate stabbing attacks on the Bermuda Day holiday – one that claimed another life of a young Black male.

“My profound sympathies go out to the family and friends of the young man who tragically lost his life at Horseshoe Bay Beach.

“We also extend our thoughts and prayers to the individual injured on Front Street and wish him a swift recovery.

“Such violence is utterly unacceptable in our society,” said the Minister.

“We must urgently address the root causes of why our young men and women are increasingly involved in such violent incidents.”

On that note, he said: “It is imperative that we work together to provide them with better opportunities and support systems.

“I commend the Bermuda Police Service for their ongoing efforts to investigate these incidents.

“I urge anyone who witnessed these events or has any information to speak up and assist the police. The Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477 provides a confidential and anonymous way to share information.

“Your cooperation is crucial in bringing those responsible to justice and preventing further violence,” he added.

“I will continue to state that our continued security and peace is not dependent upon the police alone, but the willingness of ordinary members of the public to speak up and say something if they witness something.

“I want to acknowledge the dedicated efforts of all those in our uniformed and emergency services, including our lifeguards who worked yesterday and who continue to work over the holiday weekend to keep us safe and secure.”

In closing, the Minister said: “I am urging Bermuda to please continue to keep safety in mind this weekend.”

Meanwhile, in a tweet posted on social media last night, Premier David Burt said: “Saddened to learn that today’s celebrations were ruined by the loss of a young life to senseless violence.

“Prayers up for the family. Incredibly tragic.”

A 17-year-old male, at last check, was in custody in connection with the fatal stabbing.