|Crash victim cremated |
By RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS Thursday, March 20 2014
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MY CONDOLENCES: An officer from the TT Regiment offers his condolences to Peter Edwards, left, at the funeral service yesterday at the Divine Destiny ...
KADAISHA Edwards, who touched the lives of everyone she knew was cremated yesterday following a funeral service at the Divine Destiny Worship Centre in Diego Martin.
Friends, relatives, schoolmates and members of the TT Defence Force filled the church to pay respect to the 12-year-old who was killed after being struck by a TT Regiment vehicle as she was crossing the Priority Bus Route near Morvant Junction on March 13.
Edwards’ mother Tessa Robertson was beside herself with grief at the beginning of the procession. She later cried over the coffin of her daughter. “I’m sorry...I’m sorry,” she cried as she caressed the coffin.
Later, she gave thanks to God for the 12 years she had with her daughter saying, “I know that my daughter touched a lot of lives. She was a gift. Kadaisha taught me patience.”
Robertson spoke of Edwards’ maturity in mind and spirit, relating to mourners that Edwards, though young, had several friends who were adults. Robertson described Edwards as “the worshipper in the house”, saying she was praising and worshipping God from as young as one year. The grieving woman then advised the gathering. “Look at yourself, look at your lives. Most of all, look at your children and love them, for there is no certainty in tomorrow.”
A grief stricken Robertson went on to thank members of the TT Regiment for their support during one of the most trying times she and her relatives have gone through. “I am truly glad to have known her,” Robertson said.
“I just hope that I gave her the kind of love that she deserved.” After the funeral, a statement was issued by Captain Richard Lynch on behalf of Col Rodney Smart, Commanding Officer of the TT Regiment.
“The Trinidad and Tobago regiment and by extension, the entire Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force remain supportive of the Edwards and Robertson families and continue to mourn with them during this difficult time,” Capt Lynch said.
On March 13, Edwards and Robertson were returning to their Beetham Gardens home after attending church in Barataria. When they tried to cross the PBR from north to south near the Morvant Junction, Edwards was run over by an oncoming TT Regiment vehicle. Edwards died on the spot. After the funeral, Edwards was cremated at the St James Crematorium.