UPDATE-16-year-old dies in car crash
The 16-year-old, who lost his life in an early morning car crash at Prospect, St James, was a former student of the Coleridge and Parry School and a self proclaimed “momma’s boy”.
Karim Busby, who just graduated last Saturday from the Ashton Hall, St Peter school, posted what would be his last Facebook message at 5:32 a.m on Friday, professing: “As old as I get, I [will] always be a momma’s boy”.
Less than 24 hours later, he would die in a tragic road accident.
Police say the car he was driving struck a guard wall at Prospect around 12:04 this morning. As a result, Busby died on the scene while his 19-year-old female passenger was taken to the QEH by ambulance, complaining of pains to her upper body and feet.
Today, numerous condolence messages and photographs were posted on Karim’s Facebook page by his former classmates, as well as close family and friends, who woke up to the shocking news of his death.
“Last night my sister and her husband and their son unexpectedly lost this gift from GOD. Karim Busby unexpectedly lost his life while accompanying a co -worker home. My heart bleeds with sorrow and the slightest thought of him brings tears to my eyes. I will MISS you my nephew. May GOD protect your soul on its journey to him,” posted one of his uncles.
“I’m sad and in mourning because you are no longer with us. R.I.P. Karim Busby as the Ashton community mourns on this sad day one of our own. May the angels watch over you [as]heaven welcomes you. Marva Busby [Karim’s mom], my dear friend, I pray that God places his hands upon you and Rudy [Karim’s dad], giving you both the strength needed in this hard and trying time. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire family,” said Catrina Dottin in another moving post.
A week go, Busby was excited about his graduation and he not only posted a picture of himself in his three-piece, pink and white, graduation suit, but also this message: “They told me I won’t make it to the top . . . . But guess what, I proved them wrong !! Graduation 2k15”.
Today, former classmate Kyara James simply could not come to terms with news of his passing.
“I can’t believe you gone . . . ain’t even graduate a week [and] you gone . . . tell me [it] is lies man, false news or something.
She described Busby as a smart boy, who was ” brilliant” at Mathematics but hated French and enjoyed playing pranks to make his classmates laugh.
“Rest in peace my friend. . . Father Lord, please guide him in heaven,” James added.
Close friend Shericka Edmund could not find all the words to fully explain her emotions, but she said there was no denying that she would miss Karim. His death has left her with a void.
“No words can explain the way I’m missing you . . . this emptiness, this hole . . . these tears, they tell their own story. [You] told me not to cry when you were gone, but the feeling’s overwhelming, it’s much too strong . . . RIP FATTY,” she said in her post.
Shaaquille Moore acknowledged that he and Karim did not always see eye to eye. However, in spite of their past differences, he said, “I’m glad that I made up for it and we were back to being ‘brothas’.
“Would always hold you in my heart, especially those days in the choir. Bass line. Mr. Legall had to get we to shut up boy . . . . We coulda talk.
“Could still remember that distinct laugh you had boy . . . Gone to soon,” he added.
Raheem Rowe also posted the only picture he ever took with Karim, saying “. . . you had no beef with no one or anything. It’s when I woke up this morning and saw, R.I.P Busby . . . tears come from my eyes bro, you will be missed.”
Singer Jamal Slocombe, who also attended Coleridge and Parry, said news of the death of the recent graduate was both “shocking” and “heart aching”.
“It’s even more saddening for me, as I knew this lad from primary school. He was in my six as a cub scout and we did a lot together,” Slocombe said, describing Karim as “a very enthusiastic young lad, enjoyed to make sport but was very pleasant.
“May God our creator, grant you eternal rest.”