Community activist speaks out on tragic murder of 16-year-old Yenifer Bridge

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I join members of my community with a heavy heart and a profound sense of outrage.

The tragic murder of 16-year-old Yenifer Bridge, whose body was found in the vicinity of Fig Tree Hill Drive, has shaken our community to its core.

This horrific crime was not only a senseless act of violence but also a stark reminder of the vulnerability of our young women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda.  

Adding to the unspeakable tragedy is the fact that this young mother’s 2-year-old son was left to wander the streets alone, potentially left for dead.  

This is not just a crime; it is a devastating loss of life and an appalling display of disregard for human life.

As a community advocate, I am deeply troubled by the response to this horrific event.  

A shallow statement from the Attorney General is insufficient. The deafening silence from the Police Commissioner and the Prime Minister leaves our community feeling unheard, undervalued and unprotected. 

We cannot allow this to become just another statistic. We cannot accept that a young mother of only 16 years, has been brutally taken from us and her toddler son of 2 years old left to wander on the street, without a fight for justice.  

I am calling on the authorities to take immediate action and launch a full and transparent investigation into this heinous crime.  

We need to see the urgency, with concrete steps being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, particularly our girls.  

I also call on every citizen of Antigua and Barbuda to stand in solidarity with the family of this young victim. Let us show them that we are united in grief and that we will not rest until justice is served.  

We must demand accountability from our government, increased resources for law enforcement, and greater investment in community programs that address the root causes of violence. The time for complacency is over.  

We need action, we need change, and we need it now!

Jermaine Edwards 

Community Advocate

St. John’s Rural South

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