“I can’t take it.”
Those were the words Priscilla Brooks uttered after viewing the body of her son Noel Diamond, for a second time during his funeral service at Janel’s Funeral Chapel at Sunshine Avenue, San Juan yesterday.
Diamond’s cousins Gregory and Dianne Charles helped Brooks to his coffin.
Morvant resident Diamond was one of three men killed by police on June 27. Last week, their deaths had led to unrest, with protests in communities from Cocorite to Arima.
During the first viewing, Brooks bent over and caressed her son’s face, then was overcome with grief.
Brooks, Lyndell Pamphille and Gregory Charles eulogised Diamond, 47, as “a cool, loving man” with “a passion for partying, drinking puncheon, eating bake and saltfish, and life.”
Among the mourners were his son Elijah Diamond and Second Caledonia football coach and activist Jamaal Shabazz.
Shabazz said: “It’s sad. I came to give support to the family. As the PM (Dr Keith Rowley) said ‘we seek no vengeance; only justice’.”
Aranguez St Ann’s Spiritual Baptist Church Bishop Victor Bowen delivered the homily.
He called on citizens to co-exist peacefully.
Bowen also said each individual in the society was important and “come August 10 (general election day) they would realise their importance.”
Brooks remembered Diamond as “a good son. He did everything for me. He was the love of my life. I don’t know what I will do without him. He was the love of everybody in the community. You were the life of the party.”
Pamphille said Diamond had attended San Juan Boys’ Government and Mt Hope Junior Secondary Schools.
“He liked drinks, especially puncheon. If he attended a parang or a party, he enjoyed himself,” she said.