This year the September 3rd Foundation is taking a two-pronged approach to commemorating the tragic death of six Barbadian women by fire at Campus Trendz on Tudor Street three years ago.
Head of the foundation, attorney at law David Comissiong explained that the tragedy would be commemorated in two phases — on Sunday, September 1 and Tuesday September 3, “exactly three years since the brutal deaths” of Nikkita Belgrave, Tiffany Harding, Shanna Griffith, Kellishaw Ollivierre, Kelly Ann Welch and Pearl Cornelius.
On September 1, churches all across Barbados dedicating their worship services to the theme of eradicating violence — in particular, violence against women — from our Barbadian society.
The relatives of the six Campus Trendz victims and members of the foundation “will collectively participate in this component of the 2013 commemoration by attending the 9 a.m. service at the James Street Methodist Church”, Comissiong noted.
“The second component … on Tuesday September 3, and will consist of the staging of a national minute of silence”,” he added.
“[This] will be observed at noon … and the September 3rd Foundation is requesting that all citizens and residents of Barbados participate by halting all activity and remaining in a posture of silent reflection for a period of one minute.
“The minute of silence will be used to reflect not only on the tragic deaths of the six young female victims of the Campus Trendz tragedy, but also on all the other deceased victims of violent crime in Barbados over the past 12 months — the period of September 3, 2012 to September 3, 2013.”
Comissiong explained also that the relatives of the six Campus Trendz victims would be assembling in National Heroes Square from 11 a.m. on September 3, and the will preside over and lead the minute of silence “as a collective body”.
“The official programme will commence at 11:45 a.m., and will include a roll call of all of the deceased victims of violent crime in Barbados over the past year,” he added. “Prayers will also be rendered for all victims of violent crime in Barbados as part of the count down to the start of the national minute of silence at noon.
“Members of the public are invited to join the relatives of the Campus Trendz victims in National Heroes Square for the minute of silence.
“The purpose of staging such a public and all-embracing minute of silence is to ensure that the victims of violent crime in Barbados do not become “invisible” or removed from our collective consciousness as a nation, and to provide our people with an opportunity to ponder deeply on the tragic and unnecessary loss, pain, grief and damage that is engendered by violent crime.