A PASTOR officiating at the funeral service of six-year-old drowning victim Gabrielle Marcano told her parents yesterday that no one except God can answer why she died at such an early age.
Pastor David Ramnarine told mourners little Gabrielle was with God, and no one was in authority to challenge why she died.
Ramnarine delivered the sermon at the service held at the chapel of Guide's Funeral Home Ltd at Coffee Street, San Fernando.
"The question that you have at the forefront of your mind is 'Why my daughter?' I do not have the answers about what God does, but we are in no authority to question God," Ramnarine said.
The pastor appealed to mourners to "take stock of their lives" and prepare themselves for the after-life. "Some people say 'I have only one life to live'. I am sorry for people like that," said Ramnarine.
"Adults can follow a narrow path to destruction. If you knew you were going to die you would have put everything in place. But you do not know, no one is sure when they will die."
Ramnarine said, "Did anyone know that Gabrielle was going to die? We can guarantee that she is with God. But when an adult dies, their judgment is reserved until the end."
Gabrielle, who lived with her family at Lady Bird Crescent, Pleasantville, disappeared on Sunday while bathing with her mother, Kelly Marcano, her siblings and other relatives, at a beach at Grand Chemin, Moruga.
She was a First Year pupil of the Anstey Memorial Girls' Primary School in San Fernando.
Her schoolmates and teachers came to the funeral service to bid farewell to her.
Following the funeral service, Gabrielle was buried at the Roodal Public Cemetery, San Fernando.