Abdul Karim Kamara is laid to rest
Dallas, Texas, USA June 26, 2013 – After the violent death of Abdul Karim Kamara, his funeral service at Hope International Church where mourners prayed and paid their last respects for the deceased.
Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and other nationalities were able to reach out to the bereaved family from the first day Abdul Karim’s death was announced to his final place at the military national cemetery in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Abdul Karim Kamara was an ex-service man in the United States military force. He served in the Iraq war, but was killed in Freetown on May 22nd by security forces; he was laid to rest at the Dallas Fort Worth National cemetery in Texas on June 24, 2013. He was honored as a dignified solder, featured with a guard of honor followed by a three firing of volley shots with the United States flag draped over his coffin.
The family of the late man was really not prepared for this kind of avalanche of emotion that swept over them and would ever remain as an indelible memory in their hearts. As the final moment came on Mr. Kamara, his wife, children and parents struggled with an anguish of recovery from the inevitable death, but are full of hope as inspired by Pastor Emanuel Botchway.
Anger, frustration, and an overwhelming grief were common emotions from hundreds of mourners who witnessed the farewell and funeral service of Abdul Karim Kamara. Men, women and children burst into tears at Hope International Church as sorrow overpowered their emotions in the moment the military personnel opened the casket for viewing.
Pastor Botchway greatly eulogized the late-man saying that death was and has always been, utterly special, absolute and ultimate that every mankind owes and is obliged to repay.
In her obituary speech, Mrs. Fatmata Sesay, the deceased beloved sister described her brother as a man of faith who had a proof that was unassuming, able, and was a conscientious parent. She said that her brother established himself as a friend of God putting forward God first before everything he did. Mrs. Fatamata Sesay read her brother’s fairly benign lipid profile, noting that Abdul Karim possessed values in the family and was a man of integrity who has never left anything undone.
As seen on the faces of all mourners during the wake-keeping and funeral service, an outward expression of the loss of a loved one, it was a time for the community to come together and share the loss, and support the family in different ways. And now, it is a time of healing for the bereaved family.
Alas! Abdul Karim Kamara is no more. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
By Sanpha Sesay, Texas Chief
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