The funeral service for ten-month-old Omari “Buba” Mayers and his three-year-old sister, Keanna “Keke” Mayers, will take place today at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, along Ninth Street, Barataria.
This was confirmed yesterday by relatives of the two young children, who explained the family had plans to lay the toddlers to rest side by side, following a joint service.
“The funeral service is expected to take place at 2 p.m. and then they will both be buried side by side at the San Juan Cemetery. So all we are trying to do is make it to that right now,” explained a female relative.
Both Omari and Keanna were killed sometime during Saturday night by their father, 33-year-old Barry Karamath. Karamath also killed himself.
An autopsy performed on Monday by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov revealed the two children died as a result of asphyxia (a lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body that can lead to unconsciousness or death).
However, the exact cause of the asphyxia— whether the children were poisoned or if they were smothered—remains unknown.
Blood and tissue samples have been collected and sent for a toxicology examination to confirm whether or not herbicides were used to kill the children.
And although a special request has been made to have the results “hastened”, the process can still take over a week before the information becomes available.
Karamath also died as a result of asphyxia, however, his death was due to self-inflicted ligature strangulation. He had pulled two tie straps against his neck, effectively cutting off blood flow and the flow of oxygen to his brain.
According to police reports, at about 6 a.m. on Sunday, they received a report from a pumpkin farmer from Mora Trace, Matura, that he had stumbled across three human bodies near a bamboo patch next to his farm.
When police arrived, they found Karamath’s body and those of his two children.
Omari and Keanna were found lying on a pink blanket. Their father was found lying on his belly. A bottle of herbicide was found next to the children.
Investigations are continuing.
Karamath, who lived along Ninth Avenue, Barataria, appeared before a Scarborough magistrate in 2011, charged with possession of $1 million worth of cocaine.
He was held when officers of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) intercepted his vehicle as it was coming off the T&T Express. When his vehicle was searched, two kilogrammes of cocaine was allegedly found.
Due to his death, the matter is expected to be discontinued when next it is called.