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In Memory of
Brendan Otto Garcia
19. 07. 2017
Final rites for Carlet
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Media personality Carlet
Holder Alvarez was cremated
The cremation took place at Al-
len’s Funeral Home in Arima after
the salaat-ul-janazah (Islamic fu-
neral prayer) was performed.
Host of The Black Agenda and
local leader of the Nation of Is-
lam, David Muhammad delivered
the eulogy before a small group of
He told the Sunday Guardian he
and Carlet met when they were 12.
“We were childhood friends.
While she was at Bishop Anstey,
I was at Trinity College, then we
left the country and embraced
Islam at the same time.”
He said Alvarez joined the Na-
tion of Islam while in New York.
Alvarez died on July 15 after a
battle with lupus. There was a
family feud over her original fu-
neral service on Thursday which
resulted in it being postponed to
Muhammad said his friendship
with Alvarez was one of the most
amazing, love-filled friendships
he has had.
Asked about the two different
religious rites, he said an Islamic
service was done for her in honour
of her Islamic heritage while the
cremation was a compromise from
her Christian family.
Meanwhile, her brother, Carlyle,
who lives in the United States and
arrived on Wednesday, told mem-
bers of the media that there was a
lot of miscommunication.
“I don’t want to get into details.
I was not contacted and my sister
(Carla) was not contacted and we
were travelling. I see that it became
a big feud and it should not have
been. If someone had just called...”
Asked who stopped Thurs-
day’s funeral at the St Theresa
RC Church in Woodbrook, Car-
lyle did not give a name, except to
say “a family member” went to the
church and stopped it.
“In a time of grieving it was sad
this type of thing transpired.”
He laughed though and said Al-
varez had been telling her friends
when she died “it will be baccha-
Alvarez would have celebrated
her 47th birthday in September.
in honour of Holder
Four years ago there was “drama”
at the funeral for media personal-
ity Carlet Holder’s mother, Betty,
when the officiating priest Fr Henry
Charles died of a heart attack while
mourners waited for him to start the
Charles collapsed and died at St
Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in St
James around 10.30 am, the same time
that he was due to officiate at the funeral.
On Thursday, Holder’s funeral was
even more dramatic.
While the funeral was taking place
family members stormed into the St
Theresa Roman Catholic church in
Woodbrook to have the proceedings
“These are the things I read in books,
I saw in movies,” Holder’s long-time
friend Renee Cummings said.
Cummings made the statement on
Friday night as she and two dozen of
Holder’s closest friends met at the Veni
Mange restaurant on Ariapita Avenue to
say goodbye to her.
The group said they felt the need to
have the get together to be able to get
some closure after what transpired on
Sule Dyer recited the eulogy he in-
tended to give at Holder’s funeral.
Holder’s friends intend to launch a
foundation at her second home, New
York City, on her birthday, September
16, in her honour, Dyer said.
The foundation will be called the En-
hancement Carlet Holder Organisation
(ECHO) Scholarship Mentorship Train-
Apart from this, plans are also being
put in place to have a spirit award for
Holder at her alma mater Bishop Anstey
Girls’ High School.
“I hope in Bishop Anstey we could do
something, create a Spirit Award may
be to give out at the luncheon for a girl
who has demonstrated...it’s not about
the academics or anything you know,
but the spirit,” Cummings said.
“And I think she would be remem-
bered always for that energy. It’s a spirit
award for someone who can just have
this way that she (Holder) just ignites
everything in you that is so beautiful
and I think we have to create the Car-
let Holder Spirit Award and give it to
some girl in that school who has gone
through adversity whatever it is and is
able always to be that light in her sister’s
life,” she said.
Holder’s friend reminisced about the
time they spent with her and the spirit
A funeral service was held for Holder
Carol Holder, centre, is consoled by family members while viewing the
body of her sister Carlet, inset, during the funeral service at Allen’s
Funeral Home, Arima, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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