Tonight, the Ministry of Human Development and the National Council on Ageing are condemning the recent murders of sixty-nine-year-old, Geoffrey Crawford and sixty-nine-year-old, Leo Skeen. In a press release sent out earlier today, the organizations noted quote, “violence against older people is a global issue. Older people remain vulnerable to neglect, abandonment, and abuse. However, we note the distressing occurrence in the cases of violent crimes perpetrated against older men in Belize. In less than two weeks, active older men have been murdered in or near their homes. These cold-hearted crimes cannot be left to fade quietly into the noise of everyday news. These perpetrators must be caught and brought to justice. Older people are the backbone of this country. They have worked and continue to work to provide for themselves, their families, and the development of the country.” End of quote. The release goes on to say that the organizations are calling on the Police Department, community watch organizations, older person organizations, churches, and every member of our community to keep our society safe.