KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 25, IWN — The female pastor at the funeral of the two brothers murdered this month, told mourners yesterday that “sometimes mothers are to be faulted [for] whatever situation we find ourselves in”.
Garry “Scare Dem” Williams, 29, was gunned down in Kingstown on March 15.
Four days earlier, his older brother, David Williams, 35, died in hospital, having been stabbed in the left side of his abdomen in Kingstown.
In addition to being stabbed, David was hit by a passing motorist as he staggered onto the street after being wounded.
He died two days later.
And during the funeral service Monday, the minister said it was “sad and heart-breaking” that Dearest Williams was burying two of her sons at the same time.
“Whatever we instil in our children from small, that is what they grow with,” the pastor further said.
She said that some parents often complain that they “cant go with” (control) their children.
Life and death is in the tongue, the pastor further said, and added that children will become what their parents pronounce upon them.
“Two at the same time,” she said in reference to the dead brothers, as she asked the congregation if they have ever wondered what happens after death.
Meanwhile, a female mourner, in an extemporaneous tribute, said that she had visited Garry in prison late last year and he told her to turn to the Bible, not to interfere with people and that “it is not worth it to live like him”.
She said that she saw Garry about an hour before he was killed on her birthday.
“Yes, the two of them had their ways. But all in all, Gary had an impact on me when he watched me that day that told me not to get in anything with anybody,” she said.
Meanwhile, a young man, in a tribute, said Gary, as a member of the Sion Hill Pacers teams was an “ambassador” for the community.
“I saw a lot of young people come in here to see their faces. I encourage them to take warning. Behave yourselves; life is not a game. There are lot of young people misbehaving themselves in Sion Hill,” the young man said.
Garry had survived gunshot wounds from two previous attacks.
Roderick Alexander, 24, of Lowmans Leeward has been charged with David’ murder.
The mourners at the funeral included Arnhim Eustace, parliamentary for East Kingstown, where Sion Hill is located, and Luke Brown, the Unity Labour Party custodian for the constituency.