On May 24, 16 year old Giovani Knowles, a student at Abaco Central High School, lost control of the car he was driving. The crash was fatal.
With songs, skits, dance, music, poetry and prayers, the students of the high school expressed their grief at the loss of one of their class-mates. That Memorial Service held on June 4 on the grounds of Abaco Central High School.
Moderated by teacher, Yasmin Glinton, the ceremony unrolled with students praying, quoting the scripture, reading poetry, interpreting music selections and paying tribute to the young man.
A subdued atmosphere pervaded over the assembly; an expression of sorrow was in the faces of the students as they grieved for the sudden death of their schoolmate.
A particularly touching performance was a dance performed by two brothers and a sister, Nikin, Meko and Lashante Johnson. Dressed in purple with their faces painted white, they acted the battle between death and life.
Before the benediction by Lakeesha Gustave, the school choir interpreted an emotional rendition of “Sail with me Again.”
To conclude the service, Principal Ricardo Ferguson offered his condolences to the family and to the school body. He spoke about his relationship with the departed student.
“Students, friends, how many knew the “Gio” (Giovani) behind closed doors,” he asked? “He was a leader, those who hung with him knew. He was a young man trying to find himself. I know some of you feel the pain” he said, explaining that time will eventually ease it.
“So, Giovani is not anymore with us in body, but from what I see, he is still here in spirit. Grieve,” he urged, “whenever you feel like it and whenever you are.”
Headmaster Vincent Coakley, reminisced about the student’s last visit to his office, on May 23, stating how polite and respectful he had acted.
A collection was held to help with the funeral.