Officers from the Barbados Defence Force gathered in the Calvary Moravian Church to pay their last respects to their slain colleague, Private David Nicholas Blenman.
Blenman’s body was at Foul Bay Beach St Philip on December 1. Three individuals – 25-year-old Jamar Antonio Pile, his 21-year-old sister Faith Angelica Pile and her 19-year-old boyfriend Shaquan Sherwin Omar Crichlow, all of Skeete Road, Jackman, St Michael – have been remanded to HMP Dodds, charged with the murder of the 26-year-old soldier.
His father, David Blenman Sr, broke down in front of mourners as he reflected on his late son’s life, saying he was flooded with condolences from persons who described David as quiet but charming.
Recruited as a soldier in 2009, Blenman was said to have lived a filling life, and was respected and liked by those who knew him.
Blenman told of the musical talent of his son, who was a fan of boy band Backstreet Boys, and was also the keyboard player at his alma mater, Frederick Smith Secondary School.
“David never promoted himself but his musical talent was indeed recognised” he said.
He spoke of his son’s loyalty, saying “he would not leave anyone behind, even to his own detriment… He said that soldiers must help and support each other.”
He also told the congregation that David had a keen interest in auto mechanics and shared his skills with his family, even teaching his mother.
“He was the kind of son that would make a parent proud and we were proud indeed,” Blenman sorrowfully said.