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Chief Ricardo Bharath Hernandez (right) and other members of the Santa Rosa First Peoples community stand near the open coffin. Photos: Gerard-Paul Wanliss

The death of Carib Queen Jennifer Cassar of the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community on July 19 and the events of July 27, 1990 have provided an opportunity for reflection as they both highlight the issue of shepherding, leadership, discretion and service.

Fr Steve Duncan, parish priest of Santa Rosa RC, Arima shared this perspective as he delivered the homily at Cassar’s funeral on Friday, July 27. Cassar, 66, would have celebrated her birthday on August 4.

Fr Duncan commented that on that day [July 27] 28 years ago, the country was plunged into shock and a state of emergency as the shepherding authority of the state was “violated” and “assaulted”.

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