st philip Crash victims inseparable in life and death
A gravedigger at Bushy Park Cemetery was today finishing the last of three graves where crash victims Shakira and Shameka Shepherd and Waveney Johnson will be laid to rest next Tuesday.
Relatives of three of the four young women who died in the October 25 road accident believe the girls were inseparable in life and should be together for eternity.
Elkin Brathwaite, the father of the fourth victim Carey Brathwaite, said his daughter would hopefully be buried next Thursday. He said there was no particular reason the 18-year-old was not being interred together with her friends.
A thanksgiving service will be held at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex for the three girls beginning at 1 p.m., to which the public is invited.
Senator David Durant, who heads the planning team for the funeral service, says the viewing of bodies will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 12.55 p.m.Durant told Barbados TODAY that a number of national icons will attend the service expected to be full of songs and praise.
“It will be a service of thanksgiving. It will be lively of course and will reflect the lives of young people. We are hoping that it will be a means of comfort and consolation to the families and will bring closure to this aspect of the tragedy. The suddenness of the passing of three loved ones cannot be easy for the families,” Durant said.
He said as the families continue to cope with their losses through support and counselling, they needed Barbados to rally around them and continue to pray that they would be touched with renewed strength by God as they transition into living life without their loved ones.
“Especially on Tuesday because the funeral service is always the final chapter; three hearses, three caskets and a final farewell is not an easy thing.
“So I am asking the nation to continue praying for the families that they will have that inner capacity to cope.”
Meanwhile, Nakisha Shepherd, the lone survivor from last Sunday’s tragic car crash remains warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is showing signs of improvement.
The silver grey Suzuki motor car the girls were travelling in crashed into a guard wall at Two Mile Hill, St Michael.