In the wake of yesterday’s fatal stabbing, newly appointed Minister of National Security, Wayne Caines stated today: “This national crisis demands our full commitment and energy; young lives are too precious to lose especially in such tragic circumstances.”

In a statement issued this afternoon following the death of 21-year-old Jahkoby Smith, Mr Caines said: “Another family now mourns a loss and we must comfort them with our thoughts and prayers.”

Minister Caines, who was appointed on July 20th, reaffirmed “the priority action of the Government regarding the issue of violence” in Bermuda.

In that regard, he is set to meet with the Commissioner of Police, Michael DeSilva tomorrow.

“This new government has already set about calling to action all facets of the community required to address the issue of violence and anti-social activity,” he said. “Our response must be strategic as we set about developing solutions for the long term.

“The Police need our support. Witnesses or those with any information should tell investigators what they know,” he added.

As the long holiday weekend approaches the Minister also urged calm.

“Cup Match is centered on the celebration of the Emancipation from slavery and as we reflect on the significance of these unique two days, I encourage everyone to remember the ties that bind us and to embrace a renewed spirit of community, each doing our part to ease tensions and dampen any talk of further violence.”

Meanwhile, the appeal for witnesses to this latest murder continues.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen something or heard something, particularly, if you were at the West End Sailboat Club or in the general vicinity, around the time of the incident to come forward. And anyone knowing the movements of Jahkoby Smith prior to this incident, is urged to contact Acting Inspector Dean Martin of the Serious Crime Unit on 717-2074 or 247-1739, or the confidential Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-8477.