BOG WALK, St Catherine:
THE COMMUNITY of Giblatore in Bog Walk, St Catherine, is still trying to heal almost two months since the horrific killing of four men who were transporting payroll for the employees of China Harbour Engineering Company.
In a very moving service held at the Giblatore Baptist Church, Reverend Denzil Jack, pastor of the institution, allowed family members of three of the deceased men time to grieve with members of the community.
Described by the Rev Jack as a 'peace service to initiate the healing process in a community that is torn by grief and anger,' a capacity crowd turned out and participated in a candle-lighting ceremony aimed at signifying peace within Giblatore and surrounding communities.
Making it clear to the congregation that the service was not one in which he would deliver a sermon, Rev Jack called on all members of the community to unite and be each other's keeper.
"The police cannot be everywhere a crime is committed, so it is the duty of each citizen in this small community to look out for each other. We must show Jamaica that Giblatore is not a bad community, we were only invaded by bad men with evil intentions," the pastor told the congregation.
Family members of three of the slain men, whose bodies have since been laid to rest, were the first to affirm their commitment to the peace process by the symbolic lighting of white candles.
GAP IN THE FAMILY
Derline Williams Cobourne, mother of Carlton Cobourne, who was one of the victims, could not control her emotions as she wept during the service. Between sobs, she told The Gleaner that Carlton was the breadwinner and his death has left a huge gap in the family.
"He died leaving his two children and his nephew, whom he was all caring for," the distraught woman stated. She disclosed that the children are experiencing difficulties in school since the October 12 event, which has forever changed their lives.
Rev Jack informed the congregation that the church has solicited the services of grief counsellors to work with members of the grieving families and any other community members who are having difficulties as a result of the incident. He also launched a special scholarship fund for children of the deceased men and those having financial woes. Member of Parliament Neita Headley, who took part in the service, pledged $50,000 to the fund.