Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Imani Green, the British youngster whose charm would bring laughter to many persons in her adopted community of Duncans, Trelawny, was laid to rest yesterday during a funeral service which spoke loudly about those she touched in her brief eight-year sojourn on Earth.
Persons reminisced about how amusing she was as she spoke the Jamaica patois with her British accent before her voice was cruelly silenced by a gunman's bullet two weeks ago.
Heading the mourners at the funeral were her parents, Richard and Donna Green, along with minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown.
Brown spoke of the need to protect our children more from the snare of crime and violence as he delivered a message on behalf of the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration during the service which was held at the Falmouth Baptist Church.
The Rev Devere Nugent challenged the mourners to be part of the move to curtail crime and violence, which he noted is "not just a government problem".
"How can there be any vision of a better Jamaica without seriously tackling crime and violence?" Nugent questioned.
There were many tributes in song for Imani, but the passing of one so young cut deeply and the tears flowed freely.
The circumstances of her passing made it even more traumatic for family, friends and persons who never knew her but who were touched by this stupid wanton act of a cowardly gunman.
Imani was killed on January 11 at a shop in a Duncans subcommunity called Red Dirt.
The police reported that a man armed with a gun barged into the shop and opened fire hitting Imani and three others.
Imani, a sickler, was visiting Jamaica from Balham, London for an extended stay to get away from the cold weather.
She was reportedly scheduled to return to London last week after spending time attending school here.