Last night, Julianne Weekes could not contain her emotion any longer.
The mother of the deceased 12-year-old Shemar broke down publicly for the first time since his tragic death on May 14 and had to be helped back into her home.
Weekes’ breaking point came, as members of Checker Hall, St Lucy community and surrounding areas came together for a special candlelight vigil in remembrance of her son.
Before a gathering, which numbered about 70, and included close friends and relatives of the late Coleridge & Parry student who was found hanging in the backyard of home just over two weeks ago, loud sobs could be heard, drowning out the words of popular hymns, such as There’s a Friend For Little Children, Jesus Love the Little Children and When We All Get To Heaven — all carefully chosen for the 6pm event held in honour of the memory of the beloved young man, who residents contend has gone much too soon.
Shawna Husbands recited a moving poem entitled, “To You From Yours”, which read in part:
Don’t question, don’t fret/ Shed your tears, it’s okay, that’s your choice/Pain isn’t easy but deliverance is best/God knows,God watches, God answers/
Try not to blame/Try not to hate/Forgive/Try to forget/Remember the good, don’t dwell on the bad/God didn’t fail, God heard, God answered/
KeShawn Griffith, who was Shemar’s best friend, also led the group of mainly black t-shirt clad mourners on a walk through area.
The group, which included Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative for St Lucy Peter Phillips, displayed placards of the 12-year-old in happier times as they moved through the community.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed this week on Shemar’s body.