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Schoolmates poetic tribute to murdered teen

Published: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Joshua James

Schoolmates of murdered 16-year-old schoolboy Joshua James paid tribute to him in a poem at his funeral yesterday.

James’ schoolmates from the Success/Laventille Secondary School dedicated the poem to him saying their hearts have been broken “to see him go.”

“The memories we had with you are golden but we wanted you…You did your very best for us…God knows how we miss you,” part of the poem read.

Tears flowed from men, schoolmates, friends, acquaintances and family at the service held for James at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Main Road, Laventille.

On June 8, at about 10.45 pm, James, 16, was playing a video game at his home, when he was shot when gunmen sprayed bullets in front of his yard. Two other bystanders were killed - Carlos Abraham, 38, who was celebrating a friend’s birthday, and Curtis Hepburn, 49.

The trio are believed to be collateral damage in an ongoing gang war in the area.

James’ cousin, Kamika, in her emotional eulogy described him as “perfect” in her eyes. Others referred to him as a young man who portrayed attributes like Jesus Christ, where he, like Jesus, brought joy to all those around him.

James, according to Kamika, had so many high hopes, “Besides karate, being a chef and the best car washing personnel ever, Joshua was very passionate about swimming and the love he had for it was very admirable since he was so determined about becoming an underwater welder.”

“This has been the most tragic, shocking and devastating moment that broke everyone’s heart,” Kamika added.

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