Persad leads relatives in some of the Hindu rites at the funeral
PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
Thunder cracked and the skies opened as the charred remains of
the Persad family were placed in a hearse on their final journey
to the Shore of Peace at Mosquito Creek, La Romaine, yesterday.
Ragkummar Persad, 43, his wife Marilyn, 40, and their children
Sanjay, 12, and Ariyana left behind scores of tormented relatives
who sought answers to their deaths.
The funeral took place at St Julien Village, Princes Town, from
Ragkummars remains were placed in the same casket with the
remains of his son, while Marilyns remains lay with those
of her daughter.
Hundreds of people packed into seven tents, placed on both sides
of the road, as they paid their final respects to the family.
Police had found no clues to suggest that the family was murdered
before their Indian Walk, Moruga, home went up in flames last
Saturday. And although the autopsy revealed that they died from
smoke inhalation, relatives were still unsure whether their deaths
could be classified as murder.
Officiating Pundit Abhedhanand Persad-Sharma urged mourners to
release their grief into the hands of God, and provide solace
for surviving daughter Malini Persad-Sieunarine and her one-month-old
someone tried to burn them, to shoot them, or drown them, then
I believe that the souls of Dennis, Marilyn, Sanjay and Ariyana
are eternally saved. If it is these deaths are the works of man
then you should know that fire cannot burn their souls,
entire family has been burnt out... Whether it is the work of
God or the work of man, we do not know.
this is the work of God, then thank you God for saving this family
from more grief, because for four years they have been grieving
for their son Vijay, who was kidnapped.
world is struggling politically and financially. The evil in me
is fighting the evil in you. Everyday people are dying and the
world is shattering.
Meanwhile, Princes Town MP Subhas Panday said the police should
concentrate all their efforts to finding out how the family died.
want answers, Panday said during an interview.
Government has allocated $364 million to Sautt (Special Anti-crime
Unit of T&T)... I believe that Sautt should move in and find
out whether this was a criminal act or not, Panday said.
Ragkummars cousin Roland, who delivered the eulogy, said
after Vijays kidnapping, his parents never lost hope in
God. He said he hoped the family would find peace.
grieving Malini Persad-Sieunarine, right, comforts a relative
during the funeral service at Naparima Mayaro Road, St Julien
Village, Princes Town, yesterday morning.