Not the way: DJ Bravo urges T&T youths to steer clear of crime as murder rate increases

By Sports Desk October 13, 2023
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Former West Indies cricket captain Dwayne Bravo is calling for the youth of Trinidad and Tobago to follow their dreams and stay away from a life of crime.

Bravo, who turned 40 on Saturday, took to Instagram this week to share his thoughts on the crime situation.

"To the youths out there, please find your passion and follow your dreams! Drugs and guns (are) not the way forward,” said Bravo.

The two-time T20 World Cup winner made the plea under an excerpt of his song "Sad Place".

At the end of September 2023, the twin island republic had recorded 454 murders for the year. Crime statistics on the police website show this is an increase from the 436 murders reported for the same period in 2022.

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