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JENSEN LA VENDE
The entire nation and not just
the relatives of murdered children
Ke’anna and Omari Mayers should
be in mourning Pastor Nieve
George told mourners yesterday
at the Seventh Day Adventist
Church, Ninth Street, Barataria.
George said such acts should
never be accepted as the norm.
“We all must mourn, this is too
much to accept as normal. What
scares me the most is that we are
fast moving to a time and age when
we accept things like this as normal
and it scares me that we have come
accustomed to it. Every life lost is
part of our humanness that we are
losing,” George said.
He called on the mourners to
return to a time when the lives of
people meant more that the accu-
mulation of earthly possessions.
He made the call as he delivered
the sermon at the funeral service
for the two children who were mur-
dered by their father Barry Kara-
math, who then killed himself on
Sunday at Matura.
He said people would spend
thousands of dollars on their ani-
mals but spend a few dollars on
their spouse or cringe to spend time
with their loved ones.
“We cannot accept these things
as normal, the politicians have their
responsibilities. They can’t do it
all. Change begins in our homes.
The responsibilities lies in our
homes. Our values are mixed up
and we want the police and gov-
ernment to fix it,” George said.
He said no family should have
to experience what the family was
experiencing, especially at Easter
when there should be a celebration
of Christ’s resurrection and not to
lay to rest “our children.”
The children were placed side-
by-side in a single coffin, both
dressed in white.
He added that there was always
a way out and that when it seemed
unlikely, God will make a way, he
said, adding that the congregation
ought not to take matters into their
“God gave you these children to
protect not to prey on. Our nation
will not have a future if we keep
burying our children. In recent
months I have gone to lay to rest
children and I look around in the
graveyard and it is active,” George
In society today, he said, with
many social media platforms people
are very lonely. He told the mother
of the children, Okilia Mayers, she
should not be broken or hopeless
but rise. He likened the murder of
the children, aged two and ten
months to that of Jesus. He said
they were taken like martyrs in a
“Unless we take care of our chil-
dren we are losing our best
resources. When did we move from
praying, to preying on our children.
They (Ke’anna and Omari) cry out
today, for they could cry out for
the other children who are still suf-
fering,” he said.
During the eulogy the children’s
great-uncle Lennard Mayers said
Ke’anna, who was nicknamed “Ke-
Ke”, was a woman from birth.
Omari, he said, was an upcoming
man, who he adopted as his own.
He said Omari was a baby but he
was full of power and well-built.
“God help the person who put
them to sleep today. I can’t under-
stand but that is for the Holy Spirit
to reveal,” Mayers said.
The eulogy was supposed to have
been done by the children’s mother
but she was unable to do so, having
been overcome by grief.
According to police reports,
around 6 am on Sunday, officers
received a report the three bodies
were found near a bamboo patch
next to a pumpkin farm in Matura.
When police arrived, they found
Karamath’s body and those of his
two children. The farmer said
around 9.30 pm Saturday night he
went to his garden to spend the
night and saw Karamath standing
near the trace with his children.
He said when he questioned
Karamath he said he had paid a
woman $6,000 for a bush bath and
was waiting for her.
Autopsies on the three bodies
revealed they all died of asphyxi-
Pastor as murdered two laid to rest:
A 48-year-old Vincentian national was
arrested on Wednesday afternoon after
he attempted to smuggle $2.2 million
worth of cocaine to his homeland.
According to reports, officers of the
Port Police Task Force, led by Cpl Joseph
and including constables Sookoo, Sinanan
and Ashby, were at the Caricom Jetty,
Port-of-Spain, around 1.30 pm when they
noticed the man acting suspiciously.
The man had dropped off a car fender,
a door and a black container to be shipped
to St Vincent.
When officers searched the container
they found the four packages of cocaine
hidden among cases of juice and soft
drinks. The drugs weighed 4.56 kilo-
The man is expected to be charged with
attempting to export prohibited goods by
officers of the Customs and Excise Division
and possession of cocaine for the purpose
of trafficking by the port officers.
—Jensen La Vende
‘Vincy’ national held
with cocaine on port
Relatives of Okilia Mayers comfort her during the funeral service of her children—ten-month-old son Omari and
two-year-old Ke’anna—which took place at Seventh Day Adventist Church, Barataria, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The packages of cocaine which
were found hidden among
beverages bound for St Vincent on
Wednesday afternoon. The cocaine
has an estimated street value of
Don’t prey on our children
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