AG vows jus­tice for slain youths

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“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.

A LARGE NUM­BER of fam­ily, friends and well­wish­ers turned up to say a fi­nal farewell to Kyle Rico Burgess and Re­naldo Git­tens. REC­TOR of St Cather­ine’s, Rev. David Yarde, asked the mourn­ers to re­frain from tak­ing the law into their own hands.

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