“Don’t be angry.”
That was the message yesterday from pastor Marlon Alvarez as he officiated the funeral service of four-year-old Amaziah Lewis, who was mauled to death by a dog last Sunday.
Loved ones said their final goodbyes to Lewis in an emotional service, with many finding it difficult to hold back the tears as they viewed the little boy’s body.
Agonising screams from the boy’s mother pierced the funeral home, as she cried uncontrollably moments before the coffin was removed.
According to Pastor Alvarez, while picking up the pieces may be difficult, it is not a time for finger-pointing.
“The reality is there isn’t always somebody to blame for something that happens, we live in a world where things happen, where things don’t go the way we prefer and the loved ones we cherish don’t live for as long as we prefer. Don’t be angry, it is reasonable to be angry, but don’t.”
Pastor Alvarez also encouraged the boy’s parents and relatives to lean on each other as well as loved ones for support and comfort, and reminded them that God stood ready and resolute to embrace them.
In delivering the eulogy, a relative identified as Clarece reflected how many lives Amaziah had touched.
“Amaziah left a mark on all of us and our hearts and even though his life was short, he was a blessing and a very optimistic child and will continue to be loved by everyone.”
Amaziah was attacked by a Rottweiler at the Tacarigua home his grandmother was overseeing last weekend.
He was bitten in his neck. Police responded and shot the dog dead after they were also attacked by the animal.