Annette Greaves

A mother’s grief: Annette Greaves, centre, surrounded by relatives, weeps during yesterday’s funeral service for her daughter, Ornella, at the Jesus Elam Revival Assembly, San Juan. 

A tender kiss and then goodbye.

Beetham resident Darren Joseph placed a kiss on the cheek of his late wife, Keisha Ornella Greaves, at “a celebration of her life” at Jesus Elam Revival Assembly in San Juan, yesterday.

After the service, Joseph lamented that both Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds had not ­attended the service.

Greaves, four months’ pregnant then, was shot dead on June 30 in Beetham Gardens during protests over the police killings of three Morvant residents—Joel Jacobs, Israel Clinton and Noel Diamond.

Furious at the “disrespect”, Joseph said: “I did not see Griffith come to my rescue. He gone and playing football. And I am under pressure. If he was a civilian, God would have been the one drinking water and watching Gary play football. My children grieving and Gary playing football.”

Joseph added: “He and Fitz Hinds could have at least mamaguyed (­flattered) me. Hinds told me people threw water on him. I never disrespected Hinds. I did not throw any water on him.”

On August 14, 2018, Hinds and councillor Akil Audain fled Beetham after activist Anderson Wilson kicked water on them. Hinds had gone to assist victims during a flood.

Among the mourners were Greaves’s parents, Annette and Carlton Greaves, children Gabrilla, Jerimiah, Angel, Jerimy and Morriah, siblings Christon, Leroy and Anthony, and activist Jamaal Shabazz.

They were joined by Elam church moderator Eastlyn Greer, pastors Gary George and his wife, prophetess Agnes George and godmother Melinda Charles.

Police maintained a presence at the funeral.

Each speaker spun a narrative of a caring and jovial young woman who loved her children and the Beetham community. Greaves, who was always armed with her camera, had a passion for photography and videography.

Everyone who spoke lamented that Greaves had met an untimely death, and the hotspots and country must learn from it , restore peace and unity, and strive for justice and not vengeance.

‘Time for her to go’

During the open forum, Annette Greaves said: “What a mother knows about her daughter, her friends can’t know. She liked her friends and partying. We did not come here to make stone. The time for her to go came. Everybody is walking with death under their feet. Nobody knows what will happen to them.”

She said when she heard the protest commotion, her daughter grabbed her camera and she recalled telling her, “I don’t want you going there. When the police start to shoot, I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to you.”

Greaves also offered comforting words to Joseph, whom she described as “helpful” and “a good father”.

She also urged Joseph to “humble” himself amid his profound pain and grief.

While combing her god-daughter Angel’s hair, Charles said she was moved to tears, knowing Greaves’s children would never see their devoted mother again.

Charles also shared a common sentiment that although the children knew she had gone to God’s acre, they could not fully comprehend the circumstances.

A right to long life

Pastor George paid kudos to Annette Greaves and her “mature” remarks and disposition.

“A police officer (Allen Moseley) was killed by a weapon. A young woman was killed by a weapon. We should not allow the lives of these people to be in vain. All lives ­matter.”

George added: “People have a right to a long life. There is a blessing of old age. We are living in a time when we don’t have to get old to die.

“If her death can go through the media, then she must be an important person. It must be an important person to bring people together. Live for God. I don’t care what religion you choose.”

George also prayed for Greaves’s children and relatives, and hotspot ­communities like Beetham, Sea Lots and Second Caledonia, as well as the country’s towns and villages where people might be suicidal, abused or facing difficult marriages.

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