|Tears at baby’s funeral |
By RALPH BANWARIE Friday, June 6 2014
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OUR BOY IS GONE: Norris Gonzales and Merceline Lovelace, weep at the side of the coffin bearing the remains of their 22-month-old son Kriston....
BABY Kriston Obadele Gonzales was given a tearful send-off yesterday at a funeral service at the house of mourning in Alexis Street, Pierreville, Mayaro.
Kriston’s parents Norris Gonzales and Marceline Lovelace were inconsolable as they gazed at the tiny body of their only son. The 22-month-old toddler drowned earlier this week, on Tuesday, at one of the family’s spiritual ponds at their home.
There was an almost tangible air of melancholy and grief at the service where almost all of the mourners, from adult to child, were wiping tears from their eyes. Kriston was the youngest of his six siblings and the only boy.
According to reports the infant was last seen alive playing in the yard in company with his cousins.
At about 1.30 pm on Tuesday, a neighbour alerted family members shouting out that he was seeing Kriston’s body floating face down in one of the four-feet deep ponds on the compound of his father’s shrine. Relatives rushed to the infant’s assistance by removing him from the water, following which they performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which failed to revive the child. Kriston was rushed to the district health centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Officiating religious leader Iya Joan Cyrus said little Kriston came into the world for a purpose and he fulfilled that purpose, in the 22 months of his life.
She added that Kriston welcomed anyone who came to the church yard and always had a smile on his chubby face. He was an angel who expressed in his own baby ways to visitors to the church where he and his family worshipped.
Kriston’s aunt Judy Clarke described him as a messenger sent from God who came on earth, spreading the message of love for 22 months, blessing all who interacted with him and is now back with God.
Following the service, baby Kriston was laid to rest at the Radix Cemetery.