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Tearful farewell for friends killed in accident

By STACY MOORE Wednesday, February 26 2014

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Women weep for Keshav Ragoo during his funeral at the family home at Ramdass Trace, La Quesa Road, Freeport yesterday. Ragoo and his friend Sheldon Ra...
Women weep for Keshav Ragoo during his funeral at the family home at Ramdass Trace, La Quesa Road, Freeport yesterday. Ragoo and his friend Sheldon Ra...

RELATIVES and friends yesterday bid a tearful farewell to two friends who were burnt to death in a vehicular accident along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near Freeport last Saturday.

The funerals of Keshav Ragoo, 20, and Sheldon Ramdial, 25, were held a short distance from each other at their respective family’s homes in Freeport. Ragoo, Ramdial and another friend Steffon Madho, were in a vehicle heading south along the Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Freeport Flyover when the car driven by Madho, veered off the road and flipped several times before landing on the passenger side in the drain and bursting into flames.

The men were pinned inside the vehicle. Firefighters were only able to save Madho who suffered severe burns.

Screams echoed at the homes where both funeral services were held. At Ramdass Trace, La Quesa, relatives shouted Ragoo’s name. “Keshav! Keshav! Why, why Keshav?” Tara Ragoo cried as she looked at her son’s photograph placed at the top of his sealed casket.

Pundit Rishi Maharaj said death was an eventuality no one can get accustomed to.

“In this case, it was death by accident. And death under such circumstances is difficult especially when a young person is the one who dies,” the pundit said.

Delivering the eulogy, close friend Kabir Ramanan described Ragoo as one who would always seek to find the positive in every situation. Ramanan said news of his friend’s death left him in deep sadness.

“My friend Keshav was easy going and his kind nature gravitated others toward him. He was not just a friend, we were family,” Ramanan said.

Nearby, at Teewarie Circular Drive South, Arena in Freeport, the funeral service of Ramdial was held under Christian rites. Just like at the Ragoo funeral service, tears flowed and screams were heard as relatives and friends consoled each other during Ramdial’s farewell.

Following both funeral services, the friends’ bodies were taken to the Yankaran Cremation Site in Waterloo where they were cremated on separate pyres.

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