Last ride

Slain biker laid to rest after emotional service

The roaring sounds of motorcycle engines could be heard in the distance in St James today when a large section of the biking fraternity followed 26-year-old Jamar Grazette on his last ride to the St James Cemetery where he was laid to rest.

Some of Jamar Grazette’s biking friends outside of the Western Light Church of the Nazarene where his funeral service was held this afternoon.
Some of Jamar Grazette’s biking friends outside of the Western Light Church of the Nazarene where his funeral service was held this afternoon.

About two dozen bikers, some of whom were wearing shirts in Grazette’s honour, rode alongside and behind the hearse which transported the casket from Western Light Church of the Nazarene in West Terrace, St James where a service was held, to the cemetery.

They turned out to say goodbye to Grazette, who was referred to as Big Rock in the biking fraternity for his speed on the road and daredevil stunts that left many looking over their shoulders.

The Arch Hall, St Thomas resident was shot and killed by an unknown assailant about 12:30 a.m. on August 19 when he stopped to pick up a passenger at Hope Road, St James.

His grieving relatives and friends who gathered at the church for the hour-long service delivered glowing tributes to a man who they felt had gone too soon.

It was painful for his mother Judyann Grazette to take a final look at her son’s body in the casket. She burst into tears and had to be helped back to her seat by loved ones who held her closely. His youngest brother Joshua wiped away the tears with a rag during the emotional service.

Judyann Grazette (centre) was moved to tears after looking at the body of her son Jamar Grazette before his casket was closed for the final time today.
Judyann Grazette (centre) was moved to tears after looking at the body of her son Jamar Grazette before his casket was closed for the final time today.

In a brief, but moving ceremony, Grazette’s eldest sister Nadia Harris-Samuel spoke about how she admired her brother’s talented hands when it came to picking up tools and using his expertise as a mechanic to fix almost any vehicle.

Jamar Grazette’s family and friends singing during the service.
Jamar Grazette’s family and friends singing during the service.

She said though her brother was known as Big Rock in the biking world, to his family he was a little and gentle soul who had the best interest of his loved ones, especially his mother and younger brothers, at heart.

The congregation laughed when Harris-Samuel recalled that on her wedding day, Grazette missed the moment the vows were exchanged because he was late. But she said he was not too late to warn her husband that he must not do her wrong because little brother was watching.

“And then he asked, ‘so where the food?’ That was Big Rock,” Harris-Samuel said.

Grazette’s neighbour Major Maylene Benskin of the Salvation Army said she would miss the laughter of the young man she had known for many years.

Benskin said she missed looking through her windows and seeing Grazette working overtime repairing vehicles entrusted to his care.

The major told the gathering she was happy to have known the helpful side of the young man who willingly and gleefully drove the church bus when there was nobody else to
do it.

“Jamar was good at bikes yes, but before he became good he had lots of disappointments. I remember some days Jamar come home and Jamar had dig outs in his back. Sometimes Jamar limped and sometimes his mother said, ‘I ain’t gine from here with you’. And when you hear the shout and you say, ‘Judy, where you went?’ ‘I went to the doctor with Jamar’,’’ Benskin recalled.

“But he continued because he was doing something that he loved. He didn’t stop until he get perfect. So when he became perfect then, you hear people say, ‘Jamar coming up on the road with the bike, come and see’. And when you go you would see Jamar doing his bike then. And I would tell you that he was good,” she continued.

The major urged  the young people gathered at the church to look at Grazette’s death as an example of how their lives could be cut short in the blink of an eye and called on them to get to know God as their saviour.

anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

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