So long, sis

Senior police officer’s murdered sister laid to rest

The senior police officer whose sister was killed while making her way to work on a lonely road two weeks ago has called on Barbadians to speak out when they “witness wrong doings.”

An impassioned acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Livingstone Eversley, speaking to a large congregation that gathered at the St Jude’s Anglican church, St George for Melanese Eversley’s funeral,  pleaded with the audience not to allow his sister’s death to be in vain.

He urged the congregation to look around and see that the people creating havoc in society are sons and daughters who should be encouraged positively, but not supported in negative behaviour. And he advised that fingers ought be pointed at “the system” but that those involved in crime should be made to face the consequences.

“Do not blame the system when your son or daughter have run afoul of the law. Let them know they are wrong when they do wrong. Let them know for every action there is a consequence. Be your brother’s keeper.

“Are we contented to sit and wait to see who will be the next victim? Will we continue to ignore the evil around us and not do anything? It is not about Melanese, it is about us. We have been left behind,” he said in a fiery speech to  rousing applause.

Melanese’s partially naked body was discovered on September 3 at Jordan, St George in a grassy area next to the roadway.

Joining the grieving members at the hour-long service which started at 4 p.m. were Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, other senior members of the force and politicians.

Throughout the service family members still shaken by the attack cried bitterly, especially at the burial site, in the church’s cemetery.

A composed acting ACP Eversley described his older sibling as a respectful, wonderful woman with an attractive, giving and friendly personality. However, he said Melanese was never afraid to stand up for what was right on behalf of herself, family, friends or even those she did not know.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Livingstone Eversley speaking at his sister’s funeral service.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Livingstone Eversley speaking at his sister’s funeral service.

“In growing up we were no different from other children and many of times we found ourselves in trouble, sometimes requiring the intervention of our mum. On these occasions mum would call all of us and Melanese on being called to account would be the first to cry even though she did not do anything that was wrong.

“So you know what happened next? The beans were spilled and on many occasion the truth was revealed. To this end, I found myself on the receiving end, being disciplined by my mom. It served me well,” he recalled.

Like her mother Edwardine, Melanese never spared the rod when it came to disciplining her two sons Henderson and Shawn, as she was a strict disciplinarian.

He said his sister who was employed at a farm was looking forward to enjoying her retirement.

“But this opportunity was suddenly darkened on the 3rd of September 2015 as she made one more journey to her workplace at Macedon Inc. It was no unfamiliar journey for her,” the senior police officer noted.

“I can tell you that she was most comfortable making these daily trips. She never envisioned that she would have been ambushed along that road. She never thought that the violence, the unselfishness and the unkindliness plaguing our society would have befallen her.”
  Eversley said while preparing the eulogy he contemplated the fact that there was an appointed time for people to die, but he questioned whether there was an appointed way to die, saying he doubted God would have preordained that his sister, who telephoned him on her 60th birthday expressing how grateful she was to have achieved that milestone, would die in this gruesome manner.
“I am sure that our sister wanted to reach her allotment of three scores and ten. And may I say beyond. This she never realized, not because of an act of God, but by an act by man,” declared the Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for crime.

Delivering the sermon, Reverend Peter Boxhill urged family and friends to be comforted by the fact that they were not alone and should they keep memories of the good times they spent with her alive.

Trevor Linus Baptiste of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael who was charged with murdering the 60-year-old appeared in the ‘District B” Magistrates’ court on Monday. He will reappear in court on October 12.

9 Responses to So long, sis

  1. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett September 18, 2015 at 1:54 am

    RIEP. This is so, so sad. My heart pains me every time I think of this.

  2. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott September 18, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Rip and rise in glory, my condolences to her children and family

  3. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman September 18, 2015 at 5:45 am

    May she rest in peace

  4. Tony Webster September 18, 2015 at 5:55 am

    So terribly sad; so meaningless; so mad; and …so near.
    May her loved ones be wrapped in His love, and keep precious memories alive. R.I.P. lady.

  5. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch September 18, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Condolences to family and friends.

  6. Loretta Griffith September 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    My sincere condolence goes out to the family.
    What a painful and senseless act. May the good God continue to guard and keep you in his precious arms.

  7. Tony Waterman September 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    @Loretta Griffith!!!! you wrote:-“What a painful and senseless act. May the good God continue to guard and keep you in his precious arms.”
    What do you suppose GOD should do with the Perpertrator???
    Somewhere in God’s Book “”The Bible” it is said “an eye for an Eye, and a Tooth for a Tooth” but there are a lot of Bleeding Hearts who don’t even want to follow the Bible, no doubt Crime is so rampant in Barbados.
    Can anyone tell me why Crime is not that high in Singapore, Indonesia, etc. forget it!!! i will tell you, the Criminals in those Countries are treated like CRIMINALS. and it is time that the citizens of Barbados STOP acting like Sheep, and be more like Shepherds.

    • Olutoye Walrond September 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Mr. Waterman, you are so right. This surge in violent crime is directly attributable to the feeble approach that has now become the norm in our part of the world to punishment of crime.

      Slaps on the writs have never and will never work for the violent infidels we have with us these days. The people in Singapore know that and that is why their crime rate is so low. You do foolishness; you suffer (literally) the consequences.

      A man sees a woman going about here business and rapes her, but guess what: it would be cruel and inhuman to give him a public flogging. Figure that one out. A few years in prison and he is out looking for his next victim.

      Meanwhile, the young women of this country have to go about their business in fear, constantly looking over their shoulders for the next beast waiting to ravaw

  8. Olutoye Walrond September 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    ….waiting to ravage them.


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