Premier David Burt opened the latest COVID-19 briefing on Monday, condemning “horrific acts of violence against a female by a group of males”.
While noting that he trusts “that all fathers had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend”, he said that weekend was marred by “recent incidents of violence, which should disturb all of us, and that community-minded Bermudians find repugnant and universally condemned”.
“We have emerged from a weekend marred by horrific acts of violence,” he said.”
The 33-year-old mother of two sustained severe “life altering injuries” on Friday night, outside a home on Cedar Hill in Warwick.
“It is not surprising that many are wrestling with the question of how we can better live in peace with each other on our small island of Bermuda,” said Premier Burt.
“The violence we see is a symptom of a deeper problem within our society.
“Whether it is the racial imbalance in employment and opportunities, or the racial disparities in wages and life outcomes, the ongoing cycle of violence is a manifestation of hundreds of years of abuse and trauma.
“Too many of our young men feel disconnected and disenchanted within our society. And around the world, it has been proven that those who do not see a place for themselves, or a value from society will, in many cases, not care if their actions, destroy that society.
“Words do matter, but only to an extent,” he added.
“Continued community action is needed to make our young black men feel valued and included.
“Action that creates opportunities for achievement, validation, and positive transformation will help bring our disaffected, and disenchanted youth back into the bosom of a loving, caring and inclusive Bermuda.
“I am grateful to everyone who continues the work to make this a reality,” said Mr Burt.
“The government will continue to support those actions, and I know that the Minister of National Security will continue the work in this sphere to tackle the root causes, which are manifesting in this abhorrent violence.”
Meanwhile, the victim, who was initially admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
The good news – police confirmed earlier today that she has since been moved to a general ward, where her recovery continues.
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