Vigil, prayers for slain boy
A large crowd turned out yesterday evening to join a candlelight vigil for slain 14-year-old Andgan Smith who was allegedly stabbed to death on November 1 by a 12-year-old boy in Cypress Street, The City.
Both parliamentary representative for The City, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, and the man he defeated in the last General Election, Patrick Todd, joined the procession through Vine Street, Nelson Street, Cypress Street and surrounding areas to remember a youngster who was described as pleasant and one who would be greatly missed.
Bostic urged the gathering to come together in support and prayer for the grieving family, while Todd implored residents to live in peace and be their brother’s keeper.
The vigil, organized by principal of Community High School Glen Harvey and led by Apostles Owen Cumberbatch and Roger Bryan, stopped outside the slain boy’s home in Cypress Street, where he lived with his grandmother Sandra Pinder. She was overcome with grief and had to be consoled by friends and family.
The procession, which lasted just under an hour, ended at the spot where the boy was stabbed. Candles were placed by his mother Diane Payne as We Shall Overcome and prayers were offered up. (RL)