The government has condemned the killing of a mother and her four children at their house in community of Cocoa Piece in New Road, Clarendon.
Kemisha Wright, 31, and her four children - 15-year-old Kimanda Smith, 10-year-old Shara-Lee Smith, five-year-old Rafaella Smith and one-year-old Keshawn Henry - were found dead this morning.
The bodies of the four children and their mother had stab wounds and the throats slashed.
At the start of the sitting of the Joint Select Committee reviewing the Firearms Prohibition Restriction and Regulation Act this morning, National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang read a statement condeming the "horrific" murders.
He said the incident reflected an "act of savagery and brutality of unequal proportions" and the situation represented the "epidemic of interpersonal violence that permeates sections of our society today".
In a separate statement, Prime Minister Andrew Holness shared similar sentiments, as he expressed condolences to the family and committed to "taking every step to finding and thoroughly prosecuting those responsible for these horrific murders".
Person of interest
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has said a 23-year-old relative of the family that was killed has been identified as a person of interest in the case.
He is Rushane Barnett, otherwise called 'Jet', of Wilson's Run, Trelawny and Papine, St. Andrew addresses.
General Anderson has asked the public to help locate him, however, he pleaded for residents to turn him over to police and not resort to jungle justice.
A team from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is providing grief counselling to residents of New Road in Clarendon.
Rosalee Gage-Grey, Chief Executive Officer of the CPFSA, described the attack on the family as appalling as she bemoaned the fact that "our children are not protected".