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Every morning since the tragic
death of 24-year-old lab assistant
Avianna Karim, students at the
Parvati Girls Hindu College have
remembered her in their prayers.
School principal Ann-Marie
Tawari said in a brief interview
yesterday that prayers for the for-
mer OJT trainee have been includ-
ed in their assembly since she died
Student support services of the
Ministry of Education are expected
to provide counselling to students
at the Debe school.
Four days ago tragedy struck as
Karim, of Banwari Branch Trace,
San Francique, died on arrival at
the Penal Health Centre after she
suffered a suspected epileptic
However, the results of an
autopsy by pathologist Dr
Hughvon des Vignes at the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, on
Tuesday were inconclusive.
Less than half-an-hour after
Karim died, her husband Riaz
Karim, fell ill from suspected poi-
soning and had to be taken to the
San Fernando General Hospital.
To the relief of relatives, doctors
moved him out of the High
Dependency Unit after they
reported that his condition
improved considerably yesterday.
Up to yesterday, Zainool Karim,
said funeral arrangements were
yet to be finalised for his daugh-
ter-in-law as they hoped to have
Riaz would be well enough to
attend the funeral.
Speaking at their home on
Tuesday, Zainool said the death
had left his son saddened and
frustrated as it had only been four
months since they were married.
He said the couple were looking
forward to starting a family. He
added that it was the second time
his son had been married with
the first marriage ending in
He said the couple had every-
thing working in their favour. The
house that he built would have
been given to them as his son
already had stable jobs. Riaz is a
lecturer at Costaatt s San Fernando
and Sangre Grande campuses.
Recalling Monday s tragedy, the
father said: "When I went to the
health centre, I saw her on a bed
lying down and the nurse came
to me and said she passed away.
"With all the emotions, I just
watched and eventually my son
said he was going outside and he
came back after 30 minutes.
"He just dropped by the bed-
side, dropped his head on the bed,
then he lay on the ground and
started to vomit. One of my
daughters-in-law, who is a nurse,
said she was smelling something.
"Eventually he took off his slip-
pers and he went and lie on the
bed with her. His sisters were try-
ing to keep him awake. They called
Dr Chin and he said he could not
do anything and to take him to
Police said yesterday they were
awaiting the result of a toxicology
test to determined how the
President Anthony Carmona paid
tribute to south businessman Aziz
Awardy, who died over the weekend
after a battle with cancer.
Carmona and his wife, Reema, were
among hundreds of guests who
attended Awardy s funeral at Jean
Crescent, Palmiste, on Monday.
Praising Awardy as a great citizen
of T&T, Carmona said: "He was a
guiding light for the community of
Fyzabad and his family. He put up a
brave fight and it was a battle well
Carmona urged Awardy s widow,
Joan, and their three children---
Hutchinson, Simone and Skafte, a
former councillor in the Penal/Debe
Regional Corporation---to draw faith
"While this is a moment of sadness,
it is also a moment of celebration
because his pain is no more," Carmona
Saying it was not easy losing a patri-
ot of T&T, Carmona said mourners
could celebrate Awardy s life by being
the people he wanted them to be.
Awardy was the former president
of St Patrick East Lions Club, where
he served for 40 years. He was also
a member of the T&T Manufacturers
Association and the American Cham-
ber of Industry and Commerce.
Recently, he was given the Lions
Club s highest award, the Melvin Jones
Fellowship Award for dedicated
humanitarian services. He was also
the CEO and founder of several com-
panies, including Office Supplies Ltd,
Awardy Printery Ltd, Awardy Hard-
ware & General Supplies and Awardy
and Company Ltd.
Last year, Awardy also launched the
Evergreen Ranch, a large cattle farm
on 261 acres of land at Cotton Road,
Awardy died on Saturday, five days
after his daughter Simone and son-
in-law T&T Guardian senior photog-
rapher Rishi Ragoonath welcomed
their baby girl, Charlize.
Awardy had two other grandchil-
dren---Giovanni and William---born
to his son Hutchinson and wife
Newly-wed dies after seizure...
Avianna Karim, 24, a teacher at
Parvati Girls' Hindu College died
on Monday. Her husband, Riaz
Karim, is being treated at hospital
for suspected poisoning.
Former councillor of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Skafte Awardy
consoles his mother, Joan Awardy, at the funeral service of his father Aziz
Awardy at the family's home at Jean Crescent, Palmiste, on Monday. Also in
picture are Simone Awardy and son-in-law T&T Guardian photographer Rishi
Ragoonath. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Carmona hails Awardy's
battle with cancer
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