Georgetown, Guyana – (May 13, 2016) President David Granger extends condolences to the wife and other relatives of Guyanese Professor, Dr. Pairadeau “Perry” Mars, who was killed on Thursday evening. The Head of State condemns this vicious act and commends the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the swift arrests made in the case. He further calls for justice to be quickly served.

The GPF has made six arrests in connection with the murder of Professor Mars and recovered items that had been stolen from his home.

Professor Mars served in various positions at several prestigious universities before taking up a post at Wayne State University in Detroit, USA, where he was Professor Emeritus. He was recognised for his work in African and Caribbean Studies. He also published several books in areas of his other academic interests. He was 75 years old.

While the President is satisfied with the speed with which many crimes are being solved, the Head of State remains deeply concerned about the incidence of crime. He continues to meet every week with the National Security Committee even as crime fighting efforts continue to be scaled up.

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