Omar Chase, 33 and Kamar Small 31, grew up together, spent their adulthood together and tragically died together.
Yesterday, family members buried the cousins next to each other.
The tears would not stop flowing as hundreds gathered at Dunamis Outreach Ministries to commemorate the cousins who were “gone too soon”.
The two tragically died on May 25 in a two-vehicular collision along Foursquare Road, St Philip. Omar’s motorcycle collided head on with a motor van belonging to 48-year-old Wayne Cummins of Packers Valley, St Patrick’s, Christ Church. Kamar was the pillion rider on the motorcycle. The cousins died on the scene.
Despite the colourful attire of mourners, the funeral service was nothing short of emotional. Kamar’s mother Valencia Small had to be supported into the church by members of her family.
During the tribute, members of the family broke down in tears as they sang Somewhere Around God’s Throne. One of the family members later fainted.
Omar’s sister, Kimberley Chase, openly wept as she delivered the eulogy for her youngest brother. As she struggled to speak, Kimberley said that the father of six was a father figure and brother to everyone who knew him.
“He always good to me and he never would leave me out,” Kimberley said.
“He would come and talk so much foolishness even if I am mad at him I would laugh,” she recalled.
Kamar’s uncle, Gregory Small, recalled that the 31-year-old was fondly remembered for his jokes and breadfruit roasting in the Edey Village, Christ Church community. Gregory said that the Parkinson Secondary alumna was always filled with life and laughter. Affectionately called Caveman and Gully Creeper by his family and friends, Kamar played football for Edey Village United and the College Savannah Football Club. Gregory recalled how Kamar was known for going the extra mile for his neighbors.
“He would tell you off at times and when you call on him five minutes later he would do just what you wanted done,” he said.
During his sermon, Reverend Carlos Brathwaite reminded the grieving families that God love and concern for them had manifested itself in the communal love and encouragement they received in their most difficult times.
“Despite all the negatives we hear in this country there is still love and care and support for each other in this nation,” said the reverend who commended the St David’s and Edey Village communities for providing moral support to the families.