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Ministers, MP to attend Joshua’s funeral

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Joshua Andrews

Government representatives, teachers at Morvant/Laventille Secondary and relatives of 15-year-old Joshua Andrews have all rallied together to ensure the teen gets “a dignified” final farewell on Monday.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia said teachers at the school Andrews attended had been assisting his father with funeral preparations.

Garcia sought the intervention of Social Development Minister Cherrie-Ann Critchlow-Cockburn for a funeral grant for the burial. Also assisting was MP for the area, Minister in the Office of the Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds.

Minister in the Ministry of Education Lovell Francis and Hinds are expected to attend the student’s funeral on Monday at TIWU Hall, Eastern Main Road, Laventille, at 10.30 am.

Last Monday, on the first day of the new school term, Andrews and PH taxi driver Devon Fernandez were shot and killed in Laventille. The car they were travelling in exploded and they were trapped. Three other students managed to escape serious injury.

Among those mourning the teen’s death is Zahir Ali, of the Hope For Life Foundation, who said he first met the teen when he and a relative were at a bookstore purchasing school supplies. They were unable to buy all the books on the list, so the Foundation assisted.

He said Andrews was excited about school and later on when he inquired about his progress he was told he was doing well.

Ali said when the Foundation visited Andrews’ school to distribute hampers the teen walked up to him and hugged him.

“I did not recognise him and he told me he was the child I assisted to fill his booklist. He was happy and jovial. This will forever remain in my memory,” he said.

Ali visited Andrews’ family at their Trou Macaque, Laventille, home after his murder

“Joshua’s dad is the only breadwinner in the family and is struggling to make ends meet but all the children are going to school and the home is well kept.

“None of the neighbours had anything ill to say about the child,” he said.


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