Farewell, Shanique Rose
The Chatham Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James was filled to capacity yesterday with relatives and well-wishers whose tears flowed freely as they said their final goodbyes to Shanique Rose, the 16-year-old student who was shot and killed while on board a minibus last month.
Shanique, who was a grade-10 student of the Muschett Comprehensive High School, was fatally shot while on her way home from a party with friends on Friday, April 7.
During yesterday's service, tributes poured in from family members and representatives of Muschett High School, in the form of heartfelt songs, poetry and testimonials.
In presenting the eulogy, Shoreh Rose remembered her sister, who was affectionately known as 'Brandy', as a perpetual smiler who had big dreams and aspirations for her future.
"Shanique's life was taken from us too soon, and it is hard to understand why tragic things like this happen to anyone. She had many dreams and plans for the future, and I am sure she would have made the dreams come true. She wanted to be something in life," Shoreh Rose recalled.
"She had the brightest and most heartwarming smile, and even when she was in trouble, she was smiling. She was a free spirit who lived in the present. She had a knack for getting dolled up and she loved taking pictures ... her memories will undoubtedly live on in us forever."
In his tribute on behalf of Muschett High School, principal Leighton Johnson lamented the loss of Shanique's life at such a young age.
"As a family at Muschett, losing a loved one in this fashion is never easy. As a school, it is our duty to find whatever is necessary to alleviate the challenges faced by our students, and Shanique was no different," said Johnson.
"Let us remember the good times with Shanique, and the happy times that we had with her."
While no one has been held in connection with Shanique's death, initial reports had indicated that the shooting was a result of a road rage incident. However, it was subsequently revealed that the shot that killed the schoolgirl had been fired from inside the bus.