Wednesday, January 17, 2018

God help our nation

Funeral on Thursday

The funeral service for Dana Seetahal SC will be held on Thursday at the Aramalaya  Presbyterian Church, Tunapuna.

The cortege will proceed from the house of mourning at 24 Wilkinson Street, El Dorado Village, Tunapuna to the church on Cochrane Street, Tunapuna.

The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m after which Seetahal’s body will be taken to the Belgrove’s crematorium, Tacarigua.

A funeral wake was held last night at her family’s Tunapuna home and continues tonight and tomorrow with service at seven o’clock.

Seetahal was the daughter of Latchman Saroop  Seetahal and Sarjudeya Saroop Seetahal formerly Ramsubeik.

She had ten brothers and sisters — Hayman, Lenny, Kenrick, Omar, Raymond, Cynthia (Rosey), Elaine, Amelia, Marilyn (Seeta) and Susan.

She was the sister-in-law of Dr Randolph Teemul, Roodal Persad, Moonie Seetahal and Hazel Ann Seetahal. Aunt of  Rurik, Trevor, Antal, Dave, Shivanan, Sathyam, Shivam, Lendl, Philippe Roma, Janine, Melissa, Danielle and Leanna.

Condolences continued to flow yesterday on the heels of Seetahal’s brutal murder on Sunday morning which shocked the country.

Archbishop Joseph Harris said the Roman Catholic Church shares the shock and anger of the national community on Seetahal’s death.

“While we must wait for the officers of the law to determine the true motive for her killing, it is clear that we have crossed another threshold of crime when a criminal lawyer of her stature, both as prosecutor and defence attorney, is murdered,” he said.

Harris extended condolences to Seetahal’s family and called  upon the entire legal profession “to rededicate itself, in the blood of this valiant woman, to the rule of law and to justice for all as we continue to fight criminality and corruption at all levels, high and low.”

He said citizens must see this as a moment for recommitment to the service of country.

Law enforcement agencies, he said,  must not rest until the real perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice, both those who committed the act and the originators of the deed.

 “We cannot forget the many seemingly less renowned persons who have been murdered over the years. Yet we dare to hope that the solution of this particular crime at its origin may mark a real turning point in the battle against crime and in the genuine promotion of justice and peace at all levels of our society,” said Harris.

He said the terror which poorer communities have faced for several years now faces our judicial officers. “This cannot bode well for justice in our society. Let us not be numbed into deeper complacency as we battle against crime. May Dana Seetahal rest in peace. God help our nation,” said Harris.

The Embassy of the United States of America also expressed its condolences to Seetahal’s family, describing her as a champion for justice in Trinidad and Tobago.

“The Embassy of the United States of America in Port of Spain expresses its sincere condolences to the family members of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal who have lost a cherished member, to the legal fraternity who have lost a bright light in the struggle to ensure justice for all, and to the people of Trinidad and Tobago who have lost a champion,” stated its post on its Facebook page.

The US embassy stated that Seetahal was an alumnus of the US State Department’s Fulbright Programme. 

“She was our frequent partner in programmes to build the capacity of Trinidad and Tobago’s law enforcement and judicial sectors. And she was a friend,” stated the Embassy.