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Sandwiches in memory of parents, brother

By AZARD ALI Monday, August 4 2014

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BROTHERS LOVE: Rikash Ramcharan, 17, and brother Nigel, 12, who lost their parents and a brother in last week's accident at the Endeavour flyover, com...
BROTHERS LOVE: Rikash Ramcharan, 17, and brother Nigel, 12, who lost their parents and a brother in last week's accident at the Endeavour flyover, com...

IT is hard to wake up the morning after you have bid goodbye to your dead parents.

For brothers Rikash, 17, and Nigel, 12, it is one of life’s struggles and so yesterday at their home in Barrackpore, the brothers hugged each other and cried as they performed a Hindu ritual, having cremated their father, Mahadeo, 47, mother Nanda, 36, and brother, Nyron, 13, on Saturday following a funeral service at the home.

The parents and one of the sons were killed instantly last Tuesday when a garbage truck slammed into their vehicle on the south-bound lane close to the Endeavour Flyover.

Yesterday, Rikash and Nigel told Newsday they are now children left behind without parents in their home at Ramsabad Trace, Rochard Douglas Road. Their parents and brother were created at the Shore of Peace on Saturday.

Rikash said he dreamt of Nyron on Saturday night after he and his brother, Nigel, went to bed. “I dream Nyron telling me not to forget the cheese sandwich we used to make. He was telling me in the dream how he loved lettuce and tomatoes on it,” Rikash said.

The brothers’ love for cheese sandwiches enticed their mother and father as well their aunt, Marilyn Rampersad, Nanda’s sister.

Rampersad said she knew about Rikash and Nigel making sandwiches quite often for their father Mahadeo, a ward attendant supervisor at San Fernando General Hospital, and mother Nanda. “Yesterday morning was such a day,” Rampersad told Newsday, “when Rikash and Nyron will most definitely make sandwiches for their parents for breakfast.” But when Rikash and Nigel woke up yesterday morning, “life did not seem real again when I look at their faces,” Rampersad said.

Rikash is a student of Shiva Boys College in Debe where he wrote the CXC examinations in May/June. Nigel is to attend the Barrackpore East Junior Secondary School in September.

Rikash promised he would try to muster the courage to go to the kitchen and make cheese sandwiches for his younger brother, Nigel. “And I will put plenty of tomatoes, like my brother Nyron liked, for Nigel,” Rikash said.

The boys left behind will have their grandmother, Bernadette Sundar, 68, to care for them. But aunt Rampersad said she intends to stay with the boys to assist their grandmother in caring for them. “But only until September when I must go back out to work,” Rampersad said.

Yesterday at about lunchtime as Rikash and Nigel sat next to each other, news came to the family at the house of mourning, that thieves had made their way into several acres of corn their parents had planted. The thieves had stolen bags of corn and destroyed several trees.

The corn field is located at the back of the house and together with family members, Rikash and Nigel picked up bags and rushed towards the corn fields. Rampersad said the brothers spent the rest of the day picking and “bagging” over 2,000 ears of corn.

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