Wake up call

Reverend says something must be done about ‘disintegrating’ communities

Let the killing of 23-year-old Lamar Carter serve as a wake up call that something must be done to repair a “disintegrating” society.

That was the advice of Reverend Dr Michael Clarke as he delivered a sermon to a packed St Thomas Parish Church, at the funeral service of the Spring Farm, St Thomas resident whose body was found in the back of a car on February 10.

“We are here today because our community continues to fall apart,” he said.

The church leader urged the gathering, as they reflected on the life of the young man who was snatched from the world at a young age under horrific circumstances, to look at the larger picture.He also accused some parents of failing society by not raising their children correctly and declining to introduce them to God and the principles of religion.

“Don’t just let us talk about how wonderful Lamar is or was. Let us remember that Lamar is a part of Barbados, Lamar is a part of a community that is disintegrating,” he said.

“Lamar’s death would be a waste if we don’t stop for a few moments and reflect as a community and to ask God for forgiveness for the ways in which we have not suffered the little children to come to him, the ways in which he have denied them the presence of God.”

Before Reverend Clarke’s sermon, cousin of the deceased Patricia Edwards delivered the eulogy in which she described the former Sharon Primary and Parkinson Memorial School student as a man of very few words.

Patricia Edwards delivering the eulogy.
Patricia Edwards delivering the eulogy.

She said his grandfather who took care of him when he was younger, while his parents were at work, remembered him as a good boy. Edwards said his grandmother Sybil would miss seeing him on Saturdays.

Other family shared fond memories of the young man who earned a living as a mechanic. One sister Tiffany said he tried to dance but really couldn’t; while another sister, Ruth, recalled that her brother never liked to eat as a child and she had to feed him from a saucer.

This loved one was crying out for Lamar as he hung over his casket.
This loved one was crying out for Lamar as he hung over his casket.

“To his mother Victorene he was ‘Lah muh sweet boy’. Everything was Lah for her. It was Lah who would take her to work, pick her back up. Lah was there for her no matter what she asked, never complaining, always respectful, not only to her she would say, but to his dad and to his grandparents and all the neighbours . . . ,” Edwards said.

His father Andy, who nicknamed him Flash because of his ability to work quickly in the workshop, remembered that Carter was very dependable and reliable in transporting his mother to work and grandmother to and from town where she went to sell on Saturdays.

Edwards told the congregation: “Andy remembers up to Monday, the last day Lamar worked in the workshop, he was given three jobs to do and his dad left him with the work and went out looking for parts. To his amazement, when he reached back Lamar had everything done in a flash, true to his nickname.”

A picture of Lamar being signed by a member of the congregation.
A picture of Lamar being signed by a member of the congregation.

“The work was supposed to continue on Tuesday to work on some other vehicles, but on that fateful Tuesday morning on February 10, [came] the news that shattered the hearts of a family, community and by extension a nation,” added a sad Edwards.

Carter’s body was laid to rest in the churchyard where loved ones struggled to hold back tears, particularly when the casket was lowered into the grave.

13 Responses to Wake up call

  1. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett February 27, 2015 at 7:19 am

    May he rest in eternal peace. Condolences to his family and friends. The culprits who took his life should be hung asap.

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins February 27, 2015 at 7:27 am

    RIP son! May God grant you eternal peace.

  3. June Blackett
    June Blackett February 27, 2015 at 7:29 am

    RIP Lamar.

  4. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess February 27, 2015 at 7:31 am

    My rev could not have said it better yesterday, rest in paradise Lamar!

  5. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda February 27, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Hope your killers burn in hell for all eternity….. Don’t know u…never will….but God has u next to his side and u will always be smiling down on your family and true friends….. R.I.P … 🙁

  6. Mhizz Strange
    Mhizz Strange February 27, 2015 at 7:58 am

    This is so heartbreaking everytime i read about this young man the tears just flow .R.I.P Lamar i hope justice will be serve .

  7. Katz Marie
    Katz Marie February 27, 2015 at 8:01 am


  8. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan February 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This murder has shaken not only the district of Spring Farm but the entire parish of St. Thomas.
    Hopewell, Welchman Hall, Holy Innocents, Bryan, Allen View and Sturges, where we all knew his mother from school days. All reports tell us that Lamar was just like Victorene. A decent woman who raised a wonderful son. Victorene our love is with you, our hearts bleed for you. St. Thomas has you in our prayers.

  9. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha February 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

    this was a wicked act….

  10. Lola De Palma
    Lola De Palma February 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    My heart hurts for Andy and Lemar Carter mother. I am speechless. As a member of Spring Farm I feel the pain. FLY on the wings of angel. God will take care of the rest.

  11. lester February 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    My condolences to the family. it dawn on me that certain people are bent on raising monsters and letting them loose on our society; the reverend is on target. many a parent refuses their children they god given right to know the God of our fore fathers and Selassie is not his name, its Jesus, amen

  12. junior king February 28, 2015 at 1:17 am

    As a bajan living in America, this is all too common, but I didn’t see this coming to Barbados so soon. Bajans are now devaluing their lives like so many black people in the rest of the world.

  13. Aldo February 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Condolences from boston to the family of Lemar carter, I’m hoping while those cowards rot in jail i only hope it worth it to them


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