Scores of relatives and friends, many of them dressed in blue, turned up this morning at the Abundant Life Assembly to bid farewell to 57-year-old Selwyn ‘Blues’ Knight, a man described by eulogist Bryon Gill and Reverend Kevin Hunte as a devoted family man.
Knight and his son Junior were shot by an off-duty police officer in Dash Gap, Bush Hall, St Michael on March 15, as they tried to recover items from Jamal Skeete who had broken into their nearby Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall home.
Neither Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith nor any senior member of the Royal Barbados Police Force attended Knight’s funeral.
In his eulogy Gill told those gathered, including parliamentary representative for St Michael Central Steve Blackett, that Knight loved his family.
He also recalled that Knight struck up many good relationships with patrons at Harbour Lights nightclub where he worked for several years as a bartender.
In his brief sermon, Reverend Hunte said Blues loved his grandchildren just as much as he loved his children.
During the two-hour funeral service, calypsonian Colin ‘Observer’ Reid paid tribute in song with a beautiful rendition of the song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.
Also paying tribute in song were Angel Savoury who sang His Strength is Perfect and Natalie Thomas who performed You Raise Me Up.
Knight’s widow Marleen sat quietly during and before the funeral service but when her husband’s body was taken from the church and placed in the waiting hearse, she wailed loudly and had to be consoled by her sister Virene Mayers and a friend.