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Remembering Dana with love

By JULIEN NEAVES Sunday, June 15 2014

IN MEMORIAL of 40 days since the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, a small group of friends and relatives yesterday gathered to remember her life and where the officiating reverend prayed for justice in the land.

The service was held at the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, the same church where a large and diverse crowd, including dignitaries such as President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, gathered for Seetahal’s funeral on May 8. She was cremated following the service.

Yesterday, however, was a much smaller affair and Reverend Adrian Sieunarine pointed out the church was “not as full” and the service was “a little less stress”. He noted when someone dies people say they “lost someone”, but that Seetahal’s death was more of a theft. “She was taken from us. We didn’t lose her,” he said.

He told the gathering to think of how special she was and think of her love and their fond memories with her. “Remember her as a sister, an aunt, a friend, the life of the party,” he said.

Sieunarine recalled Seetahal’s “wicked sense of humour”, love for good jokes, fondness for teddy bears, the wonderful way she made one feel included, her love of good food and good times with her family.

“The reason that the stories of Jesus have a happy ending is because God does not give up. God will guide us, God knows the answers. There will be justice,” he said.

After his sermon Sieunarine prayed “that justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like an unfailing stream in our nation”.

Independent Senator Helen Drayton as well as three of Seetahal’s friends also paid tribute to her, remembering her kindness, that her donation to life was more important than the duration of her life, as they urged others to emulate her example and make the country and region a better place. Also present at the service was Seetahal’s sister, Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard, as well as members of the legal fraternity.

Before the service and during the tributes, a slide show of photographs of Seetahal was shown. The programme for the memorial service featured her at various ages and stages of her life, and in all but two of them she was smiling.

Seetahal, 59, was killed during an ambush at Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook, on her way home to One Woodbrook Place from Ma Pau casino, early on the morning of May 4. Investigations into her murder are ongoing.

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