Gov’t, Opposition reps visit family of murdered Sophia boy 


Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr Vindhya Persaud visited with the family of 10-year-old Anthony Cort who was shot dead by a bandit on Thursday during a robbery at Sophia, Greater Georgetown.

Persaud offered words of comfort to the mother and father who were in pain and reeling from the loss of their only son.

In expressing condolence on behalf of the Government of Guyana, Dr Persaud used the opportunity to extend support to the family during this difficult time.

Also visiting the family to offer support and comfort was Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon. The Opposition Leader and Human Services Minister both spent time with the child’s mother, Denise McPherson and father.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr Vindhya Persaud during her visit to the grieving family

The child’s father expressed his pain at losing his son. He said parents must question where their children acquire things that they don’t work for. He appealed for substance abuse, which is driving crime among youngsters to stop, a release from the Human Services Ministry noted.

Meanwhile, ranks of the Guyana Police early Friday morning arrested two persons, a man and his girlfriend, in connection with the shooting death of Cort.

According to a statement from police headquarters, the child was with his mother two houses from where he resides when two males, wearing face masks and armed with handguns, invaded the property belonging to a 44-year-old businesswoman.

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon (right) and other representatives visit the family

Cort was in the upper flat of the house located at ‘C’ Field Sophia; the bandits approached the victims in the bottom flat and held them at gunpoint.

The suspects then ordered the said victims to the upper flat of the house when Cort exited a bedroom and was shot at by one of the bandits to his upper shoulder.

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