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Tears flowed freely at the Daybreak
Assembly Church, Coconut Drive,
Morvant, on Tuesday as the family,
friends and schoolmates of two
cousins who spent the majority of
their time together paid their final
respects to them.
Hakeem Alexander, 16, and Tevin
Alexander, 15, of Lezama Trace, Chi-
napoo Village, were shot dead by the
police at Superville Hill, Morvant, last
Hakeem represented T&T at the
Carifta Games last year and won a
bronze medal in the 3,000 metres
event while Tevin was a Form Three
student at Belmont Boys Secondary
During the sermon, Rev Ricky
McClatchie prayed for a new gener-
ation of youths, for healing, for for-
giveness and for them to adopt a new
mode of thinking and to set an exam-
ple and repent.
He opened with a reading from the
Book of Ecclesiastes which spoke
about "remembering your creator in
the days of your youth."
Noting that portion of scripture was
written by King Solomon, the wisest
man who ever lived, McClatchie said:
"He testifies that a man can gain
the world and lose his soul. He
declares that there is a time and a
season for everything. The living know
that they will die sooner or later, death
"I am not here to begin raining
accusations but Solomon is bringing
a call to the youths...if you are young
today, you are not sure to be old."
Pointing to the caskets, he said:
"Life has no guarantees. The Bible
said we are supposed to live three
score and ten. Now we have 15 and
"When you stand before God that
day is not you and your dogs, or your
boys, or Belmont, you are standing as
an individual, you are standing alone."
Their grandmother, Evelyn Alexan-
der-Battersby, said they had the best
Asked who, Alexander-Battersby,
pointed to the sky: "That s the best
attorney you could have."
Tevin s mother, Lisa Alexander, who
gave the eulogy, said the cousins were
inseparable in life and were that same
way in death.
Former MP for Barataria/San Juan
Joseph Ross and students of Belmont
Secondary School and Success Laven-
tille Secondary also attended the
funeral. The students could be seen
in tears throughout the service.
The Anglican Diocese will host its annual family
and fun day at the Trinity College grounds, Moka,
Celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi, this
year s theme is Stewardship: Nurturing and Empow-
ering Youth---Enabling the Present and the Future.
The day is scheduled to begin around 9 am and
Bishop Claude Berkley will distribute the Holy
Eucharist at 9.30 am, then officiate over the pro-
ceedings, which will feature performances by young-
sters from each region.
While the event is usually preceded by a pro-
cession, church officials said owing to unforeseen
circumstances this year, that would not be part of
the agenda. The day s activities will include a
cultural concert, sports and fun activities for chil-
dren, including face-painting and bouncy castles.
In a release, officials said the idea for the day
was born out of a desire by Bishop Clive Abdulah
to bring the 31 parishes and one district together
to worship and strengthen the Anglican bond which
exists throughout the north-east, north-west, south
and Tobago regions.
The event, which started more than 20 years
ago in Mayaro, is hosted in a different parish each
year to reach as many parishioners as possible.
Next year s is expected to be held in Tobago.
Thousands of Roman Catholics are expected
to attend today s annual Corpus Christi Mass
and procession in Port-of-Spain.
Officials yesterday confirmed that a shuttle
service would be provided for those unable to make
the trek to the Queen s Park Savannah.
Today s mass will begin at 8.30 am at the Queen s
Park Savannah and will be followed by the pro-
cession to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Con-
ception, Independence Square.
It will stop at the Rosary Church along Charlotte
Street, during which a benediction will be done.
The procession will then move down Frederick
Street before heading to the cathedral where Arch-
bishop Joseph Harris is expected to deliver the ser-
mon and benediction.
Officials said drivers could park on South Quay
near the Housing Development Corporation at the
corner of George Street and could use the shuttle
service to and from the Savannah.
family day today
Pastor at funeral
of cousins killed by cops:
Suzette Alexander, centre, is consoled by relatives as
she cries over the casket of her son Hakeem
Alexander during his funeral service on Tuesday at
the Daybreak Assembly Church, Coconut Drive,
Morvant. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
Grief-stricken relatives of cousins Tevin and Hakeem Alexander react during their funeral service on Tuesday at the Daybreak Assembly
Church, Coconut Drive, Morvant. PHOTOS: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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