Dear Editor,

There is no doubt that the death of Essequibo businessman, Orin Boston, sent shockwaves throughout the region. Statements being issued about his death by various parties seem to contradict each other and as concerned citizens, families, and friends, we deserve clarity on what really happened. At this time, the circumstances surrounding the killing of Mr. Boston by police ranks are not entirely known. As such, I am calling on the Minister of Home Affairs and the Commissioner of Police to ensure that there is an impartial and speedy investigation into the matter. If there is evidence of wrongdoings, it is important that those found culpable face the full brunt of the law.
I cannot even begin to imagine what Mr. Boston’s family is going through at this time. I personally want to express my sincere condolences to everyone who was a part of Mr. Boston’s life, especially his family. Death is never something easy and it has a lasting impact. I pray that God gives everyone the strength to go on and to keep Mr. Boston’s memory alive. I would also like to urge the family to steer clear of those individuals who may want to use Mr. Boston’s death to push their own agendas. It is very clear that there are opposition politicians who are actively trying to hijack and misuse the family’s loss and suffering at this time to perpetuate racism and score political points. Such actions should be condemned not only by Mr. Boston’s family but also by everyone affected by his death. It is distasteful to say the least that at such a sad time, opposition politicians would desperately try to shift attention to further their own political agendas. It just shows how low they are willing to stoop.
In closing, I just want to reiterate my call for there to be a speedy investigation into Mr. Boston’s death. I trust that the Minister of Home Affairs and the Commissioner of Police would prioritize this so that in the event that there was any wrongdoing on the behalf of the police ranks, they are held accountable for their actions. Once again, I express my sincerest condolences to Mr. Boston’s family and friends and hope that we can all get closure soon.

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Alvin Hamilton


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