Ma­lik was a spe­cial child

Perth Town mourns death of 11-year-old

The Star (Jamaica) - - COMMENTS - LEON JACK­SON STAR Writer

The un­timely death of Ma­lik Lar­mond has left the com­mu­nity of Perth Town in Trelawny in shock. The 11-yearold, who was autis­tic, died af­ter he ac­cessed his fa­ther’s li­censed firearm, which went off and hit him.

Karl Bright, who shares the fam­ily home with Oral and Mar­isha Lar­mond, said that the the death of the young­ster has shaken the mem­bers of the fam­ily.

“It has af­fected us ter­ri­bly. Oral fainted on Satur­day and has been hos­pi­talised. Mar­isha can­not face the room and has gone to stay with a rel­a­tive. His brother is in an­other world,” Bright said.

Karl, Ma­lik’s grand­uncle, re­mem­bers him as one who was very ac­tive.

“He was al­ways on the move, but was lov­ing and loved to play games on his tablet or phone. Ma­lik never wanted to be scolded. If you did, very shortly af­ter that he would come back and ask: ‘Are we still best friends’?” Karl said.

Aubrey Scar­lette, a jus­tice of the peace in Perth Town, de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as un­for­tu­nate.

“We all came to love him be­cause of his spe­cial sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

Ma­lik’s teacher at Maat Spe­cial Needs Academy, Mel­lisa Cameron, de­scribed him as a very ac­tive boy with good char­ac­ter.

“He was com­i­cal and mis­chievous in a good way. He loved to read and was al­ways ram­schak­ling the book­shelf in his quest to find a book to read. He will be greatly missed,” she said.

Sophia Cameron, the school’s prin­ci­pal, was equally dis­traught.

“I can­not be­lieve I will not be see­ing Ma­lik run­ning down the drive­way to meet me,” she said.

Sophia Cameron ...”I can­not be­lieve I will not be see­ing Ma­lik run­ning down the drive­way to meet me.”

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