Mom: Higher calling in death of ‘madman’ son
THE MOTHER of a man who was shot by bank security for trying to enter the financial institution while brandishing a cutlass yesterday said her son never wanted to hurt anyone.
On August 15, Gordon Bruce Ferreira Mendes, aged 29, was shot by a security officer of the Diego Martin branch of First Citizens after he was warned about entering the institution with a cutlass.
Mendes was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital as a result of his injuries.
He died at the hospital on August 16, and his final rites were performed yesterday at the Holiness Revival Ministries, corner of Baden Powell and French Streets in Woodbrook, Port of Spain.
Mendes’ mother, Cherry Ann Ferreira-Goodridge, yesterday delivered the eulogy for her son.
Ferreira-Goodridge said Mendes refused life-saving surgery at the hospital.
Police reports of the shooting incident involving Mendes described him as “deranged”.
Ferreira-Goodridge yesterday told the tale of her son.
She said Mendes was a miracle baby as she had been told she could not have children.
She only found out she was going to have a baby five months into the pregnancy.
He was her only child.
Ferreira-Goodridge said Mendes was wise beyond his years and began reading before he celebrated his first birthday.
He loved singing and painting.
Ferreira-Goodridge said she got a vision Mendes’ death would draw people to God and he would be labelled a “madman”, much like John the Baptist from the Bible.
Ferreira-Goodrige said she intends to start a foundation in Mendes’ name.
The funeral service was officiated by J Errol Lewis.
Lewis referenced three situations in the Bible where persons with questionable characters, including a thief at the time of the crucifixion, were able to access forgiveness from Jesus Christ.
Vicki Ann Assevero-Mottley, the wife of former Olympic medallist and former finance minister Wendell Mottley, delivered the scripture reading at the service.
Ferreira-Goodrige said Assevero-Mottley was a second mother to Mendes.
Mendes was cremated at the St James Crematorium following the funeral service.