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Damion Mitchell/Integration Editor

A pastor from a difficult low-income community of St James has detailed the gangsters’ devotion to each other saying a similar approach among other residents could spark a community turnaround full of tension.

“I have never seen such love,” said Reverend Barbara Messado, pastor of Green Pond Wesleyan Holiness Church, as she recalled officiating at the funeral of one of the mobsters.

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“They loved each other so much that I envied them,” she said.

Messado was among panelists examining the church‘s role in collective security on the first day of a two-day Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry summit at the Montego Bay Convention Center in St James.

She said even amid a light drizzle and the threat of heavy rain, friends of the slain mobster wanted more time with an open casket at the grave to express their “respect” to the deceased.

Since the beginning of the year, Green Pond has experienced five murders including a double homicide and several shootings.

Chief of Police Assistant Commissioner for Zone 1 Clifford Chambers said the gleaner that a conflict between members of the G-City gang is behind most of the violence.

However, he said the police were jamming the space and engaging the army which was mitigating the carnage.

In the meantime, Messado worries that crime and violence will rob the community of fathers.

She advocates for partnerships with corporations to provide an opportunity for the people of Green Pond.

“My heart breaks when I see them struggle because they really struggle,” she said, adding that many people at Green Pond have simply fallen through the cracks and desperately need a second chance. .

It is a reality that Bishop Howard Nelson also struggles with as pastor of the New Testament Church of Lilliput also in St James.

Nelson sees sports and music as a magical pair to prevent many young people from descending into a life of crime.

“My goal is not to save the whole world,” Nelson said, explaining his commitment to helping one community at a time.

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