AG vows justice for slain youths
“Let justice take its course. Don’t you take matters into your own hands, but allow the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force to fully investigate the matter, and bring whoever is involved to justice. We cannot as a society cry violence with more violence. I believe that most of the parents who are involved in the spiral of criminal activity are the parents of children; children who imitate and monitor their every move. This is what they are teaching and inculcating in the very psyche of their children, that conflict can only be resolved by the use of violence,” Yarde said.
The rector challenged those who might want to turn away from violent activity and felt they would be targeted, to turn to Christ. He said God was not calling people to retaliate.
“Come back home, throw away the swords and guns,” Yarde said.
Burgess and Gittens were practically inseparable in life. They fished and limed together, and lost their lives together. Yesterday they were laid to rest next to each other.
It was standing room only in the church, with mourners spilling into the yard. They congregated under two tents and took up any vantage point along the road to get a final glimpse of the two, whom people still insisted never troubled anyone.
Gittens lay in a silver and red casket, while Burgess, who had a pair of goggles on his chest, lay in a brown casket.
Tears flowed freely from family members, former work colleagues and schoolmates, friends and neighbours before the service started, during the celebration and at the graveside. There was a visible police presence around the church keeping watch over proceedings.