NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Fifteen-year-old Perry Rolle Jr, who was allegedly stabbed to death on March 27, 2019, was finally laid to rest last week Friday.
The former T.A. Thompson Junior High School student was memorialized at the New Living Waters church off Farrington Road.
Andrew Dean, the Principal of TA Thompson Junior High School, expressed that Perry Rolle was an excellent student. He therefore asked the teen’s family to put their trust in God as they continue to grieve the loss of their loved one.
“God does not do anything haphazardly, it was well scripted, well thought of. Perry just so happened to be a part of the script,” said Dean to a packed church.
Also addressing congregants about gang violence was Carlos Reid, a community activist and founder of the Hope Center, as well as comedian Demetrius Stubbs, who spoke out against the public’s criticism following Perry’s death.
“Could you imagine being in this mother’s shoes,” Stubbs asked. “People saying that she should’ve pulled him out of this school, or she should’ve done this or that.”
Stubbs also addressed criticisms of the family’s plea for assistance to ensure that Perry received a proper burial, of which donations to see this happen poured in from various persons in the community.
“There will come a time when we will all need someone to help us,” Stubbs said.
Perry’s burial suit was designed and tailored by noted Bahamian designer, Kedar Clarke, who stepped forth to offer his assistance along with many others.
Stubbs also called on the audience to bring forth a monetary collection for Perry’s mother.
“There is no amount of money that could make up for her son’s loss of life, but we are not going to just walk out of this room,” he said.
“Everyone who feels the pain of this mother, I want you to put something into her hands. She’s going to feel the love in here today.”
Meanwhile the juvenile boy accused of allegedly stabbing Perry Rolle Jr. was charged in court late last month.
Prosecutors alleged the 16-year-old, who is reportedly a student at C.C. Sweeting Senior High School, withdrew a knife and stabbed Rolle Jr. as he was walking home from school.
Rolle Jr. died a short time later in hospital as a result of his injuries, according to authorities.