It is hoped that the COI-recommended compensation will bring closure for the families of the victims of the Lindo Creek Massacre. It is up to the President to deliver.
It has been over ten years since the families of the eight men have been seeking justice and closure to this tragedy. The Lindo Creek Massacre, like all tragedies, is one that cannot be undone. The two suspects, the Rondell ‘Fine man’ Rawlins gang and the Joint Services, hail from the two greatest extremes – the criminal world and the arm of law enforcement, respectively.
It is known that the latter (law enforcement) were in pursuit of the former (Fine man gang). The eight men became collateral damage (lost their lives) in a crossfire that never happened. Who did it? Was it the good guys or the bad guys?
The evidence against the Rawlins gang only puts them somewhere in the area “a few weeks before the gruesome discovery” of the bodies. The Joint Services are claiming that they discovered the partly burnt out bodies of the men.
I do not believe that there is any criminologist or criminal psychologist in the world, attempting to profile Rondell Rawlins through his murderous rampages, who would have ever envisioned Rondell Rawlins spending time and effort to get rid of the bodies of his victims.
Rawlins had no fear or respect for the law, being on the most wanted list, he had no need to alter a crime scene and dispose of bodies. The criminologist playbook will tell you that what was discovered at Lindo Creek in 2008 (no empty shell and charred remains of bodies) is the work of someone fearful and trying to cover their tracks.
The families of the victims and the average Guyanese have a mindset since 2008, but the burden of proof will remain elusive. The most patriotic thing any president could have done was to call the families together and explained to them that something happened there that the State cannot get to the bottom of.
Offer 10 million dollars per victim to the families, because these men were all breadwinners for their loved ones. That would have eased the burden on these families a long time ago, when it mattered most. This would have brought some kind of closure to these families, because nothing could bring back their loved ones.
The COI ordered by Granger was never intended to prove anything. It was called to divert attention from the exposure of the “signing bonus” that was the” Achilles heel” of the Government at that moment.
Think about this: Forty million spent on keeping the remains of the victims and more than that spent on the COI, and the families are nowhere close to receiving any assistance to offset the hardships encountered because of the loss of their loved ones – eleven years and counting.
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