Joint Rio Claro funeral for murdered father, son

Baptist deacon  Richard Rivers officiated at the funeral service for Hakim Simms and his father, Alvin Marlon Simms who were gunned down in Moruga. - Photo by  Lincoln Holder
Baptist deacon Richard Rivers officiated at the funeral service for Hakim Simms and his father, Alvin Marlon Simms who were gunned down in Moruga. - Photo by Lincoln Holder

A joint funeral for a murdered Moruga father and son saw scores of people gathered in the father’s hometown of Rio Claro on Wednesday.

The funeral of truck driver Alvin Marlon Simms, 42, and his son Hakim Samuel Simms, 19, took place at New Mt Zion Spiritual Baptist Church at Lutchminia Trace, Navet Village in Rio Claro.

Many mourners wore T-shirts bearing their images and the words, "In love and harmony, father and son."

Simms, the father of five and grandfather of two, and his only son were gunned down at Penal Rock Road in Moruga last week Tuesday. The Simms family moved to St Mary’s Village in Moruga several years ago.

Shortly after 1 pm, two hearses arrived at the Navet church with matching coffins. A lively ceremony followed, with live drumming, loud singing and ringing of the bells.

A Baptist elder rings a bell at the funeral service for Hakim Simms and his father, Alvin Marlon Simms who were gunned down along the Penal Rock Road, Moruga. The funeral took place in Navet, Rio Claro - Photo by Lincoln Holder

Deacon Richard Rivers officiated, telling mourners that the two had gone to "meet the Lord."

"We (the living and the dead) all shall meet again. Some go (die) early and others later," he said.

He prayed for God to send his "loving angels to help the father and son cross that river."

Rivers said he had known Simms since he was a baby and remembered him as a nice person.

"Marlon has been good to us. I never see him fighting or quarrelling. Marlon was always quiet. When he smiled, he would make people feel that everything all right," Rivers said.

"Things happened to us sometimes at the unguarded moment. But no one knows what God has in store for us. No man can tell God what to do."

One mourner, a truck driver from Chaguanas, said he had worked with Simms for over 20 years, and had never seen him angry.

A woman remembered the "good times" she had working with Simms. Apart from being a coworker, he was also a good friend to her and many other people.

The bodies were taken to the Cushe cemetery for burial.

Relatives last saw the father and son alive on April 13 at about 7 pm. Hakim, who often worked as an assistant to his father, returned to the family’s St Mary’s home saying he wanted help to retrieve his car, which had stalled on the Penal Rock Road.

The two left in a truck driven by Simms.

About four hours later, at around 11 pm, Moruga police found their bodies with gunshot wounds in a forested area at Penal Rock Road. Hakim’s car and the truck were parked nearby.

No one has been arrested. Homicide Bureau Region III police are investigating.

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