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Instead of celebrating her 49th
birthday tomorrow, Dian Paladee
was cremated yesterday.
Paladee, who was a teacher at
El Dorado South Hindu School,
was shot and killed by her ex-hus-
band, Sanjeev Rambarran, last
Thursday before he turned the gun
on himself at his St Augustine
The funeral service was held at
her family s Tunapuna home on
Prescott Lane, Pasea Main Road.
Hundreds of people showed up to
the closed-casket service, many
bearing red and yellow roses.
During the service, her eldest
brother and CEO of Pennywise
Dalvi Paladee said T&T was crying
over the escalation in crime since
the start of the new year, asking
where were the leaders in the
midst of the country s disorder.
"And where are our leaders?
Where were they?" he asked.
The murder toll for the year
stood at 23 up to yesterday.
"No compassion. Where is the
compassion in our leaders? It has
struck the chord of every single
human in our country, and it
seems that our leaders have lost
their sight of the very reason they
are our leaders, to love us."
He also commented on the lack
of compassion shown specifically
to the Paladee family in light of
Congress of the People (COP)
leader Prakash Ramadhar was
present and offered his condo-
lences to the family.
"I have come today to share in
your grief...I ask myself why is it
such a tragedy could befall such
wonderful exemplars of what a
family should be."
He said such an incident has
happened before and it could hap-
pen again, and what Dian s life
taught us was to be vigilant of this
"Let this be a lesson, that each
and everyone one of us look out
for your neighbour, for your
friend," Ramadhar said.
He told the family no one else
understood their grief.
"The children in particular, they
have not lost just their mother but
their father in the most horrible
One guest pundit spoke out
against people trying to find hap-
piness at the cost of others.
"That type of happiness is
He said the best type of hap-
piness did not depend on family,
friends or money, but finding it
"The husband must not depend
on the wife to be happy and con-
tented. The wife must not depend
on the husband...We must not
depend on each other, we must
only love each other, respect each
He prayed for Dian s two chil-
dren, Sangeeta and Sanjay Ram-
barran, left without parents after
Thursday s murder/suicide. Ram-
barran s funeral service took place
on Saturday in San Fernando.
"It takes great people to love
these two children the way their
mother and father would have
loved them," he said.
Dian s mother, Shanti Paladee,
sat next to her daughter s coffin,
and was fanned and consoled by
her grandchildren as she cried dur-
ing the service.
Dian s daughter, Sangeeta, deliv-
ered the eulogy and described her
mother as warm, loving and loved
by all who knew her.
"Anyone who knew my mom,
knows her smile. No matter what,
it was always genuine...She was
always there no matter what."
She joked that her mother loved
to take photos, as much as she
loved to pose for them as well.
Dalvi described the incident as
a tragedy, but said there was merit
in it still, as everyone should learn
how not to hate or envy one
"Simple things like envy and
hate can cause man to commit
He called on his family and
attendees to give their love to peo-
ple who did not deserve it, includ-
ing Dian s ex-husband Sanjeev.
Dalvi said that was the kind of
compassionate love Dian pos-
"We remind people, all of you
who may hate this guy, you send
love to him, wherever he is...If you
all really love Miss Dian, those of
you who say you know what love
is, you send love to him, then her
life would have made sense," Dalvi
After the funeral service hun-
dreds gathered at the Caroni Cre-
mation Site where Dian s body
All branches of Pennywise were
Brother at slain teacher's funeral...
Envy, hate can
lead to murder
The pyre for Dian Paladee at the Caroni Cremation Site yesterday.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar, left, offers condolences during the funeral service of Dian
Paladee at her family's Tunapuna home, Prescott Lane, Pasea Main Road, yesterday. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
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