Bye Bye, Destiny

12-year-old accident victim laid to rest

For nearly an hour and half Tuesday evening, Martinea Mayers appeared composed, as she was joined by hundreds, including family friends, for Tuesday afternoon’s funeral service of her beloved 12-year-old Destiny Martinea Thompson.

Purple and pink balloons were released as her casket was wheeled out of the church.

However, the moment her daughter’s casket was put back into the hearse, in preparation for her private cremation, Mayers simply broke down in tears and was inconsolable from then; so too Destiny’s aunt Nicole Thompson whose loud wails could be heard both inside and outside the St Philip Parish Church, immediately following the tribute service, which began at 4 p.m.

Nicole Thompson was overcome with grief as her niece’s casket was placed into the hearse.

The former Springer Memorial school student was struck and killed on her way home from school –– one day after Valentine’s Day. At the time, Destiny was attempting to cross Boarded Hall Main Road in St George to meet her mother who worked close by when the tragedy occurred.

Destiny’s untimely passing on February 15 came as a major shock to her entire family, including her dad Derrick Thompson, whose face was emotionless this afternoon as he stood at the head of his daughter’s casket, with shades covering his eyes, uttering nary a word, but rubbing her hand repeatedly, as if to comfort her one last time.

Destiny’s father Derrick Thompson leading her casket out of the church.

Dressed in her Springer Memorial school uniform, Destiny looked at peace as her body reposed in her white velvet casket that was lined with lilac in the inside and beautifully adorned with a single pink and purple wreath –– Destiny’s favourite colours.

Tuesday, there was little talk of how Destiny met her tragic death. However, members of the Springer Memorial choir sang The Lord is My Shepherd, in a musical tribute to their former schoolmate, who was also hailed as a very loving child, who had respect for all those she came into contact with.

Destiny’s mother Martinea Mayers (right) being comforted by close friend Roger.

“She was a diligent senior prefect. She was the most improved student at the primary school graduation. She was loving, kind hearted, respectful, jovial and most importantly, a God-fearing girl. She always used to write, ‘I love God and God loves me. God loves everyone,’” said her uncle, Barbados cricketer Mario Rampersaud, in delivering the eulogy.

He also said while Destiny got along with everyone, she had “a supernatural relationship” with her mother after whom she was named.

“They had a sisterly relationship. As soon as she got in the car she would start to relay everything that happened that day at school. There was nothing that she kept secret,” he said, adding that “Destiny was sure never to cross the line and she had the upmost respect for not only her mother, but all those older than her”.

Perhaps, the only thing that came close to her love of her mother and family in general was Destiny’s love for food, especially good old Bajan Cou Cou.

He also revealed that her “favourite part of the chicken was the leg” but “our princess disliked fruit”.

One of her idiosyncrasies, which he highlighted to loud chuckles, was the fact that “she wouldn’t eat plantain, but would eat plantain chips”,

She also loved playing netball.

Reverend Sandra Hazel, who delivered the sermon, described Destiny as a warm and creative spirit whose love for the arts will live on.

“I always admired her beautiful penmanship. Her grades were excellent. What I always loved though was how every word she wrote was like a piece of art, it was just beautiful,” the priest said while urging her family and friends to always trust in God’s love and let not their hearts be troubled.

“We don’t know why he chose to take Destiny away at this time, we can only struggle to understand. We do not always understand God’s ways, which at times may seem strange to us. That is why we can only trust in his love. It is in love that he created all of us. God loves us in every moment of our lives. There is no limit to his love,” she stressed.

Hazel also reminded them that Jesus Christ did not live a long life, but was able to leave a meaningful impact, as she called on the congregation to focus on doing God’s will.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

29 Responses to Bye Bye, Destiny

  1. Bajan March 1, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Oh happy day when Destiny shall open her eyes in paradise for our God has promised that the meek shall inherit the earth. Sleep in God’s memory beloved Destiny and rise in His glory on that beautiful day.

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  2. Sandy Whitlock
    Sandy Whitlock March 1, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I don’t know you Destiny but may you rest in peace. Fly free with the angels and my condolences to your family….

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  3. Sylvia Clarke
    Sylvia Clarke March 1, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Jesus needed a angel and he choose you hun RIP and RIG

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  4. Divina Mitchell
    Divina Mitchell March 1, 2017 at 2:03 am

    So sad to read even though I don’t know her.god knows best.may her beautiful soul Rip.and may God guide and protect her families relatives and friends . especially her mom and dad who are hurting the most.in life some many tragic situations we got to face . Sometimes we asked ourselves why, why.life it’s self comes with so much pains.only god knows and hold our futures.

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  5. Shanique King
    Shanique King March 1, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Rip

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  6. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting March 1, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Tears. Sleep in Peace sweet child.

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  7. Massachusetts March 1, 2017 at 5:16 am

    I don’t know this Amazing Beauty and of a child , but reading about her (Destiny) breaks my heart all the way here in Boston USA. As a parent to her Father and Mother cherish her in yoyr hearts and Memories. This way your love ❤️ for her will never be forgotten, Hold on to each other No matter what, my deepest condolences to the Family..

    All my Blessings
    Boston

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  8. Baj Beau
    Baj Beau March 1, 2017 at 5:24 am

    *Farther along, we’ll know all about it!
    Farther along we’ll understand why!!
    Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine!!
    We’ll understand it all by and by!!*
    May the Holy Spirit grant peace and comfort to those who grieve. We may not understand why at this time BUT bless God “we’ll understand all by and by*

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  9. Rhonda M Lorde
    Rhonda M Lorde March 1, 2017 at 6:06 am

    May destiny rest in peace

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  10. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman March 1, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Tears

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  11. Stacia Newsam
    Stacia Newsam March 1, 2017 at 6:28 am

    From reading Destiny seemed to be such a beautiful soul who made a great and positive impact in her few short years. Truly hand crafted and handpicked by God. May you RIP. May God Grant you parents, family and friends the strength to cope and press out in the obvious faith and love you had for God. Only He knows. Rest on until that great day.

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  12. Aneta March 1, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Rest in eternal peace.

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  13. Heather Haynes
    Heather Haynes March 1, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Gone to soon but not forgotten

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  14. Lerlyn Waithe
    Lerlyn Waithe March 1, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Rip destiny

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  15. Trudy Clarke
    Trudy Clarke March 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

    My heart goes out to her family .

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  16. Michelle Watts
    Michelle Watts March 1, 2017 at 6:52 am

    May she RIP

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  17. Sugar Sweets
    Sugar Sweets March 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Reading this it just brought1 tearz to my eyes Rip

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  18. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita March 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Rest in peace dear

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  19. Janna Jones
    Janna Jones March 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Its just too sad my sympathy to her family. …and all those teachers and the girls in her class.

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  20. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita March 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Reading this brought tears to my eyes such a free will soul u r in ur Father’s arms Rip

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  21. Tinker March 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Another beautiful flower added to the garden may she lay in the comforts of the lord

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  22. Indra Zievinger
    Indra Zievinger March 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    My heart breaks for this family, sad is an understatement when a child is lost, may angels wrap their arms around this family xxxx I wish you strength.

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  23. kathy-Ann Clarke March 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Oh boy, just viewing the white casket brought on some tears.
    May she be with the angels.

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  24. Juan squires March 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Weeping may endure for a NIGHT but joy comes in the morning! We can never figure out why bad things happens to nice people BUT GOD ALONE HAVE THE Answers. Hold unto the strength and faith in JESUS for he Cares about you! He see your tears and knows your PAIN and HE’LL never leave you or forsake you in this your time of sorrow OR GRIEF TRUST HIM PROVE Him HIS LOVE for you MUM DAD family friend and love ones is unmeasurable .
    DESTINY MAY YOU SING WITH THE ANGELS TO KEEP YOUR PARENT’S HEART AT PEACE
    REST IN SWEET PEACE IN THE Everlasting ARMS OF JESUS DESTINY UNTIL WE ALL MEET AT THAT BEAUTIFUL SHORE.

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  25. Bajanfragglez March 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I want to hear what changes if any will be brought against the driver

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  26. resheena March 1, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Rest in peace destiny

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  27. Lorraine Gibbs March 2, 2017 at 8:50 am

    It galls me when I read of priest telling people that God was responsible for taking their loved ones, what kind of God is this? The Bible clearly states that God is Love he did as not need any their angel their are already myriads time and unfirseem circumstances befall us all, it was an accident, what we the living should be concerned about is how we live our lives because we do not know when we will be taking our last breath

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  28. Hartley Blackett March 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    May that sweet baby rest in peace.Condolences to parents, family and friends

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  29. Michael Licorish March 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    You are going to your heavenly father he loves you and we will miss you

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