District holds vigil for victim
Not only is the FAMILY of slain St Lucy man Aaron Boyce mourning his loss, but the entire Pie Corner community where he resided.
On Saturday night, more than 100 relatives and friends gathered under a street light at Well Road, Pie Corner where they shared their memories of Boyce, who was 24, before they started a candlelight vigil and march.
Boyce’s body was found in the Mount Pleasant Gardens Cemetery in St Peter on May 30.
Juliana Boyce, in speaking of her son, said she wanted him to be remembered as a good boy – “a quiet and a respectable young man”.
She expressed gratitude to all those who lent support to her family and attended the vigil.
“I have got a lot of support from friends, so things have not been too bad. His brothers and sisters are not too bad and we owe that to everyone who came and prayed and met with us,” she said.
The vigil was organised by Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Lucy in the last general election Peter Phillips, who said it was simply to commemorate the life of Boyce who, from their previous close interactions, could be described as a fine young man.
Phillips said he felt it was important for the community to come together and celebrate Boyce’s life which was ended violently.
As the vigil proceeded, candles flickered showing the solemn faces of many in the procession, who ranged from babies in strollers to elderly men and women. The vigil and march moved from one section of Well Road and ended at the house where Boyce resided. There were tributes from relatives and friends who remembered him as a car fanatic.
His sisters Coraline and Yolande Payne both agreed that their younger brother, with whom they had a close relationship, was a very quiet man, one of few words, but would always have a smile on his face.
A time is yet to be set for his funeral. (LK)