Tears, tributes flow for Ollivierre
Barbadians have been called on to heed The Bible and love one another as “God so loved the world”.
In a tear-filled ceremony yesterday at the River Road New Testament Church to celebrate the life of Kellishaw Ollivierre, one of six young ladies who perished as a result of the firebombing of the Campus Trends store on Tudor Street on September 3, Reverend David Browne urged Barbadians to love their neighbours, those in the community, their fellowmen, and, most of all, God.
Browne, who brought members of the congregation to their feet as he preached from 1John Chapter 4 verse 7, said that love was “key among our fellowman”, for Barbados would “continue to be lost without God”.
“Love does not provoke us to do wrong, love does not provoke us to kill anybody, love does not do any harm to our neighbours. Therefore, I am saying to you that we must love one another as God has told us to. This nation of Barbados has to come together in love,” he stated.
Browne said there was too much happening in the country which suggested that Barbadians were not loving and “did not know the love of God”.
“A love for God is not experimental; it is not found in a textbook . . . The citizens must know that God was here before the United Nations and he will be here after, that he was here before economic order and that he was here before political order, so we need to declare today that we are to follow the banner of God,” he insisted.
The reverend said while he had heard the calls for justice and “rightly so”, the country needed to extend its love to the families, “even after the dust had settled”.
Tributes for the 23-year-old also brought those attending the service to tears.
Ollivierre’s cousin Damani Jack broke down in tears as he recalled all the Friday evenings they had spent together. Jack said he and Kellishaw were almost inseparable, but as fate would have it, he did not visit her at the store on that particular Friday.
Her brother Jimell Ollivierre, who rushed to comfort Jack, said he had spoken to his sister just hours before the dreadful incident. He recalled his sister as a loving person, who affectionately called him “Peanut”.
A moving solo by Petrelle Went caused more tears to flow, as she poured out her heart in No More Nights. The song speaks of no more pain, no more tears, never crying again and also tells of those for whom God has prepared “a mansion”.
Ollivierre’s body will be flown to St Vincent, where she was born, and will be buried there.
Others who also perished in the fire are Shanna Griffith, Nikkita Belgrave, Tiffany Harding, Kelly-Ann Welch and Pearl Amanda Cornelius.