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March Pen five laid to rest

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison
The coffins containing the remains of the five victims of the October 9 incident at March Pen Road in St Catherine.

In an emotional funeral at the March Pen Road Pentecostal Tabernacle in St Catherine, family members and well-wishers of five family members, whose charred bodies were taken from a dwelling on March Pen Road on October 9 this year, were challenged to be strengthened by the Word of the Lord.

The grief-stricken family members were wiping tears throughout the service, some even resting their heads on the two coffins containing the remains of two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, nine-year-old Rovaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell, and adults Renisha Bartley and Salesha Evans.

All five perished as a result of a gang feud in the March Pen area of Spanish Town, St Catherine.


Presiding pastor at the service, the Reverend Joseph Downer, challenged all to seek justice through the Word of the Lord.

"Be strengthened by the Word of the Lord and develop a relationship with Him to overcome your grief. If you seek justice, find it in the Word of the Lord," he said.

Using the Book of Job, the Pentecostal minister noted: "The Bible tells us that Job lost all his children and his material possessions in one day, but yet he was strengthened by the Word of the Lord.

"When all is said and done, you all have to go home without your loved ones who were taken by evil forces, but remember, you are not alone, God is with you," he said.

"No one expected that the enemy would snatch these souls away from you so quickly, but evil will not prevail," Downer stressed.

"When the enemy steps in to hurt us and rob us of our blessings, the Spirit of the Lord is present," he added.

The remains of the five were taken to the Dovecot Memorial Park for interment under the watchful eyes of a strong detachment of police aided by the military.