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Siblings pay tribute to soldier with loving touch

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 01 August 2020


Barbados Defence Force soldiers bearing Lance Corporal Pablo Kinch’s casket out of the church yesterday. Below, Pablo Kinch. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

A tearful mother listened in anguish yesterday while her children paid tribute to a beloved son and a cherished brother during the funeral service for Barbados Defence Force (BDF) soldier, Lance Corporal Pablo Asif Kinch. 


Silvadeen Kinch lost the son who mourners were told yesterday was the one among her five children who constantly assured her of his protection, always backing it up with a loving squeeze of her nose and a gentle pat on her head. 

According to police reports, 26-year-old Lance Corporal Kinch died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the right sternum (chest) on the compound  of the District “A” Police Station on April 6, when he and three BDF colleagues were awaiting transportation back to their base at Paragon, Christ Church.

Relatives, friends and some individuals from the Inch Marlow community and members of the Barbados Defence Force, sat socially-distanced inside the small Christ Church community church Kingdom Life Assembly, while outside, scores took shelter under a tent or took up positions at several  vantage points with the  morning sun beating down, following the service.

Tearfully, Kinch’s cousin Sarah Ifill and his sister Hannah Barrow shared stories of the life they enjoyed in childhood and as young adults with “Pablo” who was their sworn protector. “Pablo was like a real superman to me”  Ifill said, while Barrow spoke about the big brother with “the heart of a lion” who taught her “everything.” This sister who vowed to continue to hold on to the memories of her brother recalled a mother and siblings being “very fussy” at Kinch’s passing out parade in 2018 when the young soldier was named best recruit. (GC)

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