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Rehanna promised never to leave her mother

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

ELEVEN-year-old Rehanna Briggs, who died last week after becoming entangled and strangled in a blouse hanging from a clothes line, once promised never to leave her mother.
But yesterday, her small body was laid to rest at the Eckel Village Cemetery following her funeral service at the Jesus Worship Centre, Williamsville.
Rehanna was found dead at her home at Dyer’s Village, Williamsville, minutes after she was seen dancing in an unfinished house where the clothes line was hanging.
Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov said the child’s cause of death was asphyxia due to accidental neck strangulation by soft ligature.
Rehanna’s mother, Angela Briggs, spoke at their home where Rehanna’s body was taken for a brief ceremony.
Rehanna was the youngest sibling to two brothers and three sisters.
Briggs cried: “Hannah’s special times will never go away for me. She would always (want) to be close. She always said ‘mommy, I would never leave you’. She said ‘mommy, when I get big and married I am taking you with me, even on my honeymoon’ because I could tell her about the word of God.”
Briggs said her daughter always loved attending church, praying and reading her Bible. She said only God was allowed to take her daughter’s life and she was consoled in believing her daughter was in a better place.
Clutching the medals her daughter won in school, Briggs said Rehanna loved running and wanted to become an athlete. She remembered how she told Rehanna she also needed to be educated to become an athlete.
Azard Mohammed, principal of Hardbargain Government Primary School, said Rehanna, a Third Standard pupil, was an average academic pupil, but excelled in sports and drama.
He said: “The child was full of life. Although she was an average child in academic ability, she was quite good in other sports she won a gold medal and a silver medal at the zonal games. She was an all-round student. It was just an unguarded moment and no one is to blame, really. She was a nice child.”
Rehanna’s funeral service was officiated by Pastor Kris Maharaj. Tributes were paid by the three schools Rehanna attended, including her pre-school.
Her sister, Taramalie Lai Fook, deliver­ed the eulogy.
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