A large crowd gathered at the St Andrew’s Parish church this afternoon for the funeral and burial of Jamal Worrell, the young man gunned down on a chicken farm on October 2.
Worrell’s former St James Secondary schoolmates wore the school’s tie to pay their last respects to a friend of many years.
The pain of losing a family member still fresh in their hearts and evident on their faces, some relatives found it hard to cope and wept throughout the service and at the gravesite.
Jamal’s mother, Doriel Worrell, found it hard getting words out to express the hurt she was feeling, but the tears that flowed from her eyes as she watched the casket being lowered into the grave, were enough to tell that she could not understand why her child was snatched from her at such a young age.
Doriel and other immediate family members saw when Worrell drew his last breath at Bleak House just off Indian Ground, St Peter where he was gunned down by a group of men.
Delivering the sermon, Priest-in-Charge of St Andrew’s Parish Church, Reverend Allan Jones, told relatives that as they questioned why their loved one had to die as a result of tragic circumstances, they must be mindful that this was the right time for him to die.
He urged them, as their hearts were being ripped apart, to cry and let the pain out when they needed to because God understands grief and comforts those who felt a sense of loss.
The priest said Worrell’s death had a special message for the society, and urged those gathered to dwell more on this message, than the fact that he was dead.
He said Worrell’s death highlighted the painful and destructive path of violence that must be stopped in a radical way.
Jones preached that the culture of violence stemmed from society’s rejection of God, a refusal to teach children about God but instead about material things that should be acquired, however, they were acquired.
“It calls us to make a determination, each of us, to do whatever we can, however small, to make a difference in this increasingly violent society,” Jones said.
“Today Jamal was not the violent one. He was the one who suffered at the hands of violence and it tells us that none of us are free, none of us can say that we will not be there. Tomorrow it could be one of us who is there, who don’t stand for violence, but secretly and unwillingly, encourage this to happen.”
Reading the eulogy, Bernard Morris spoke about how much his cousin loved life and family. Morris said the young man had a special place in his heart for his mother whom he had promised to take care of.
From a child, Worrell had shown a love for farming and often ventured out into the field with his father. Morris said it was no surprise to the family that the young man decided to seek employment on a farm.
Morris indicated that many positive things could be said about his cousin who had dreams and plans for the future and he would have made these dreams come through.
“Although he was quiet, his presence was always known and felt. Jamal was very meticulous. Not only was he well groomed, he was always particular about his belongings and everything had its own place. He carried himself with utmost decency and would never leave the house until all his accessories were in place,” Morris said.
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