English funeral delayed by COVID-19
Marjorie Powell, the mother of slain former national footballer Irvino English, says she is unable to plan her son’s funeral because his autopsy is yet to be done, more than a month after he was killed.
English was shot dead on Ashoka Road in Waterhouse, St Andrew, on February 26.
The midfielder received multiple bullets to the upper body and was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital.
Powell told The Gleaner that she has been told by the authorities that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the body cannot yet be released to the family.
“They are saying that it is because of the coronavirus that the autopsy has been delayed,” she said. “As this virus continues to spread, we really don’t know how long it is going to take for us to bury him,” she said.
The Government has put in place an islandwide ban on gatherings of more than 10 persons as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. Powell says this has seriously affected the plans they had for English’s funeral.
“What is really upsetting me is when they are saying only 10 people can attend the funeral. That is not going to work with us,” Powell said. “I am not going to bury him with 10 people at the funeral. Dat come een like a joke ting,” she said.
Powell said English’s only child, Rivaldo, is attending college in the United States, and with all the country’s ports now being closed, he will not be able to attend his father’s funeral.
“His son is not in the island, so I can’t do it without him, so I have to wait,” she said. “If it takes him another five months before he comes here, then that is when I am going to bury him.”
English represented Jamaica on five occasions between 2001 and 2002. This included matches in the FIFA World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign. He was 42 years old.