The Alternative Peoples Party (APP) has said that the party is “gravely hurt” by the death of Keyan Alexander, – the mentally ill adductor of Kernisha Etienne – who died from gunshot wounds that he sustained during his capture by the police.
“It is disappointing and very sad that the police, in their wisdom, would not find it fitting, not to take the necessary precautionary measures in ensuring that Kian was captured alive, so as to assist in returning Kernisha Etienne safely home,” the APP said in a statement. “The abduction of Kernisha Etienne is a national crisis and one would expect that the police would be fully aware of the objective of this matter, which should have been to capture Kian Alexander alive. Kian’s death has reduced hope of the safe return of Kernisha at this time.”
The party is also calling on all the spiritual leaders of Dominica and all Dominicans “to pray for the safe return of our daughter” and is urging the authorities, “notwithstanding the circumstances, to do all within their power and we call on every abled Dominican to join in an organized and strategic movement to search for Kernisha.”
The APP in its statement, also extends “heartfelt condolences to the family of Kian Alexander”.
In an earlier statement, the Alternative Peoples` Party party had expressed sadness and grave concern over the kidnapping of twelve-year-old Kernisha Etienne.
“God brought Daniel out of the lion`s den safely and God is more than able to bring Kernisha Etienne home safely,” the party stated while calling on the government to put necessary facilities in place for those among us, like Keyan Alexander, with mental health conditions.
The APP had expressed optimism about the safe return of the 12 year-old and empathized with her family and that of Keyan Alexander.
“God bless all involved, God bless you the people of Dominica and God bless our country, Dominica,” APP stated..