FORM five students of the Marabella North Secondary School were invited to pay tribute to drowned teenager Iverson Thomas on Monday.
Although schools are closed because of covid 19, the form five students were asked to sign a condolence book in memory of their colleague.
Thomas, from Sunset Drive in Plaisance Park, drowned at Flower Pot Beach, Pointe-a-Pierre, on May 12. Three days later his body was found at La Brea.
Friends issued a call on the school’s Facebook page for his fellow students to sign the book.
Thomas, 16, was in the science group and was due to sit this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
The Facebook page says the school operates on the principle of being a family away from home for its students, and his loss is deeply felt at all levels of the school.
On Thomas himself, it says, “Whether it be his free-spirited approach to life, his unwavering love and commitment to the things he held most dear, or the pleasant smile that became so synonymous with his name, one thing is for sure – Iverson left an undeniable impact on the lives of all those he came into contact with.”
On Friday, Thomas’s father Ivan Thomas identified his body after it was found at the Labidco Estate at the La Brea port.
Ann Frederick, Thomas’s grandmother, said the family is getting ready for the funeral on Wednesday.
“It has been a terrible week for us,” she said, “but God knows best and we leave everything in his hands.”
After three days of searching the Coast Guard could not find Thomas’s body. Frederick had hired a private boat and diver to search for him.