Pallbearers taking the body of Wayne Albert to the graveside in Westbury Cemetery yesterday. (Pictures by Reco Moore.)
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FROM ALL REPORTS Wayne Albert was a simple man in life, and the funeral service to celebrate his 40 years was in keeping with that.
Except for the choice colour of red worn by members of the Bloods group – of which he was a member – and some other supporters, it was a quiet send-off at the Westbury Chapel for Albert, who was gunned down in his Broomesfield, St Lucy neighbourhood on April 24.
Even though people came to pay their last respects throughout the short service, there was room for everyone without them having to stand.
His mother Isabelle, who resides in New York, which Albert also called home for several years, was supported by family and friends as she openly wept over her son’s untimely passing during yesterday’s proceedings.
Wayne Albert’s mother Isabelle (right), girlfriend Tracy Hudson (second right), aunt Philipa Aurelius (left) and cousin Laina Thomas (behind Philipa) trying to hold it together.
Albert’s brothers and sisters in the Bloods group had their moments as well. They surrounded the grave and gave a salute before the body of their brother was slowly lowered to its final resting place in the adjoining cemetery.
Red scarves were reverently laid on the casket and dropped into the grave before it was covered and some of them picked up the tools to help cover their brother.
Two black scarves were laid on the wreaths on top of the grave and the group hovered around for some time after the ceremony, as if they were keeping watch. Albert leaves two sons, aged 19 and 13, to mourn his passing. (YB)
Pallbearers taking the body of Wayne Albert to the graveside in Westbury Cemetery yesterday. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
Wayne Albert’s mother Isabelle (right), girlfriend Tracy Hudson (second right), aunt Philipa Aurelius (left) and cousin Laina Thomas (behind Philipa) trying to hold it together. (Picture by Reco Moore.)