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Friday, June 15, 2018
Kamla urges mourners at murdered teen’s funeral
Waheeda Mohammed places a rose in the coffin of her son Eric Ganesh during his funeral service at St Charles Village, Princes Town, yesterday. Photo by:Kristian De Silva

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Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday called on citizens to take a stand against crime as she spoke to mourners at the funeral of a murdered teenager.

“How many more children must die? How many more must be wiped out before those in charge take action to save our sons and daughters?” she asked.

She said crime had no bounds and people were facing senseless killings regardless of race, religion, gender and class.

“This country has become so unsafe. A child is killed in his own yard. I say let God continue to bless and keep you in this hour of grief. Let us stand up and say enough is enough and take comfort that after death there is the resurrection,” Persad-Bissessar said.

While she spoke, the parents of 19-year-old Eric Ganesh, the murdered teen, Waheeda and her husband Vishnu, stood over the casket, gazing at their dead son’s face.

Mourners wore special tee-shirts emblazoned with Ganesh’s smiling face and the words “Our Angel, Our Legend.” The funeral was attended by hundreds of people who spilled from the houses of mourning, onto the streets.

Persad-Bissessar and Naparima MP Rodney Charles both wept openly for the family’s loss.

Drawing on her own experiences as a mother of one child, Persad-Bissessar said she could not find words to express the horror and pain she felt as a mother and grandmother over the loss of Ganesh who was gunned down in the yard of his neighbour’s home at St Charles, Princes Town last Saturday.

Police said the killers were after two men who came to do business at the neighbour’s graphic design shop and Ganesh happened to be in the neighbour’s yard. The men opened fire and Ganesh was killed.

While the death was horrific to comprehend, Persad-Bissessar said it was time for citizens to stand up against crime and say enough is enough.

Pastor Alister Bhola said Ganesh’s death had left the entire community in turmoil.

He said the feeling of anger was normal.

Bhola also said while sin and violence had stained the villages and the privacy of our own homes, people should not give themselves over to hate.


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