The senior police officer whose sister was killed while making her way to work on a lonely road two weeks ago has called on Barbadians to speak out when they “witness wrong doings.”
An impassioned acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Livingstone Eversley, speaking to a large congregation that gathered at the St Jude’s Anglican church, St George for Melanese Eversley’s funeral, pleaded with the audience not to allow his sister’s death to be in vain.
He urged the congregation to look around and see that the people creating havoc in society are sons and daughters who should be encouraged positively, but not supported in negative behaviour. And he advised that fingers ought be pointed at “the system” but that those involved in crime should be made to face the consequences.
“Do not blame the system when your son or daughter have run afoul of the law. Let them know they are wrong when they do wrong. Let them know for every action there is a consequence. Be your brother’s keeper.
“Are we contented to sit and wait to see who will be the next victim? Will we continue to ignore the evil around us and not do anything? It is not about Melanese, it is about us. We have been left behind,” he said in a fiery speech to rousing applause.
Melanese’s partially naked body was discovered on September 3 at Jordan, St George in a grassy area next to the roadway.
Joining the grieving members at the hour-long service which started at 4 p.m. were Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, other senior members of the force and politicians.
Throughout the service family members still shaken by the attack cried bitterly, especially at the burial site, in the church’s cemetery.
A composed acting ACP Eversley described his older sibling as a respectful, wonderful woman with an attractive, giving and friendly personality. However, he said Melanese was never afraid to stand up for what was right on behalf of herself, family, friends or even those she did not know.
“In growing up we were no different from other children and many of times we found ourselves in trouble, sometimes requiring the intervention of our mum. On these occasions mum would call all of us and Melanese on being called to account would be the first to cry even though she did not do anything that was wrong.
“So you know what happened next? The beans were spilled and on many occasion the truth was revealed. To this end, I found myself on the receiving end, being disciplined by my mom. It served me well,” he recalled.
Like her mother Edwardine, Melanese never spared the rod when it came to disciplining her two sons Henderson and Shawn, as she was a strict disciplinarian.
He said his sister who was employed at a farm was looking forward to enjoying her retirement.
“But this opportunity was suddenly darkened on the 3rd of September 2015 as she made one more journey to her workplace at Macedon Inc. It was no unfamiliar journey for her,” the senior police officer noted.
“I can tell you that she was most comfortable making these daily trips. She never envisioned that she would have been ambushed along that road. She never thought that the violence, the unselfishness and the unkindliness plaguing our society would have befallen her.”
Eversley said while preparing the eulogy he contemplated the fact that there was an appointed time for people to die, but he questioned whether there was an appointed way to die, saying he doubted God would have preordained that his sister, who telephoned him on her 60th birthday expressing how grateful she was to have achieved that milestone, would die in this gruesome manner.
“I am sure that our sister wanted to reach her allotment of three scores and ten. And may I say beyond. This she never realized, not because of an act of God, but by an act by man,” declared the Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for crime.
Delivering the sermon, Reverend Peter Boxhill urged family and friends to be comforted by the fact that they were not alone and should they keep memories of the good times they spent with her alive.
Trevor Linus Baptiste of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael who was charged with murdering the 60-year-old appeared in the ‘District B” Magistrates’ court on Monday. He will reappear in court on October 12.