“Where is the love?”
That was the question Bishop Allan Ellis asked as hundreds of residents of Spring Farm, St Thomas and surrounding districts came out on Saturday night to participate in a candlelight vigil for 22-year-old Lamar Carter who was killed earlier this month.
It was just after 7 p.m. that the crowd converged on Content Playing Field, a stone’s throw from Carter’s Spring Farm home.
Carter’s body was found in the back of a car on February 10.
During a brief religious service, Bishop Ellis of the Church of God of Prophecy in Spring Farm called for peace and forgiveness.
Expressing concern at the level of violence in the country, Bishop asked: “Where is the love of a bygone day when Barbadian people looked after the interest of each other?”
The crowd then slowly made its way towards Carter’s home where his cousin Patricia Edwards addressed the gathering.
She encouraged the young people present to stay away from violence and turn their lives over to God.
During the half-hour prayer service in front of the family’s residence where a large photo of Carter was mounted, several members of the family wept openly, while the murder victims father, Anderson Gill, stood stoically as he was comforted by his close friend and former parliamentary representative for St Michael East, Kenny Best.