Moving tributes at Linden Funeral for 3 Martyrs
The procession stretched for miles along the Linden Highway as scores of persons in their vehicles escorted the 3 Lindeners killed during the protest back home for their last rites. Persons who live along the highway came out and waved to the procession offering their support. At Linden, protestors cleared parts of the road so the mourners and the hearses carrying the bodies could be given access in and out of the town.
Thousands trekked across the Mackenzie Wismar Bridge to the area just beyond the bridge now known as Revolution Square for the funeral service. The 3 men who were killed when the police opened fire on the protesting crowd were eulogized and remembered as different individuals with the one cause, wanting justice for their community. Relatives paid tribute in spoken words and song.
Many of those gathered came dressed in Red and Black as they bid farewell to the Linden Martyrs. The fight for justice they said would be ongoing. Political Leaders offered their support to the community and reminded them that their struggle will not be alone. A monument in memory of the 3 is to be erected close to the bridge.
And Pastor Andy McKinnon of the Linden Minister’s Fellowship told the gathering that the Church remains in support of them and their efforts. Justice he said will be done by the will of God.
Persons braved the sun and the steady rainfall to say goodbye to Allen Lewis, Ron Summerset and Shemroy Bouyea. Three lives cut down in minutes. Allen Lewis was a father of 2 sons who said he always encouraged them to stand for something in life.
Shemroy Brouet was differently able but was still able to interact with persons in the community and his family. He was a willing young man they said who loved life.
Ron Summerset was just 18 years old. His dream of one day making the national football team is now buried with him.