BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Apr.25 – SCORES of family members, friends and well-wishers gathered Monday (Apr. 23) for a Candlelight Vigil to honour PTE Kechel Pemberton.
This gathering assembled at B’s Gas Station, Romney Ground in Sandy Point, which is located opposite the area where the unfortunate accident that cost Pemberton his life took place.
The Vigil kicked off shortly before 7:00 p.m. and lead along the island’s Main Road with lighted candles singing, culminating at the Sandy Point Hard Court where a small display was erected showcasing a picture frame holding collage of photos of Pemberton and his fiancé. All candles were then placed in front of the frame.
Tributes, words of condolences and encouragement were given to the grieving friends and family members, after which Pastor O’Flaherty of Bethany Gospel Hall gave a short sermon encouraging those in attendance to prepare themselves spiritually for no one knows when they would be “called home” [die].
He implored the crowd to give their lives over to God if they have not already done so and be prepared for the two appointments that are guaranteed but is unaware of when they would take place – the appointments with death and judgement.
Pemberton’s mother, while thanking family members, friends and well-wishers for their support at the Vigil, expressed how heartbroken she was to know that her son is no longer with her. In his honour, she belted out the song “Oh What a Sunrise It’s Going To Be” to which the crowd chimed in.
On the brink of tears, she then told the attendees that while she may be strong in the Lord, she was not strong in holding herself together knowing that she lost her son so suddenly.