By Aaron Humes: The Catholic Public Schools (CPS) has called for an end to violence against children and families and solidarity with the grieving family of 12-year-old Nitzia Solange Catzim, student of Bishop O.P. Martin R.C. School who was stabbed to death along with her mother on Sunday night.
A statement details: “We know that there is no resolution, light, or growth brought about by violence. It only causes brokenness and pain. We urge all to actively promote non-violence in our homes, workplaces, on our streets, in our minds, and in our hearts.”
CPS calls on Belizeans to come together to stand up against and end all violence against children, defend their lives and wellbeing, and prevent the kind of attack on Nitzia and Jennifer from being repeated on others.
“Catholic Public Schools remains committed to making every effort to keep our students safe against harm while they are in our care, and to collaborate with groups, organizations, and individuals to do so. May our dear Nitzia, and her mother, rest in peace. May her family, classmates, teachers, and the entire Belizean community heal from this tragedy,” it concludes.
The alleged perpetrator, 28-year-old Brian Castillo, has been charged with two counts of murder.