Sombre farewell for 'Slickianna'
Trumpeter Ricardo Barrett performs Midnight Cry at the funeral of social media influencer Aneka "Slickianna" Townsend while her mom Joy Smith breaks down in tears at the Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew on Thursday. (Photos: Naphtali Junior)

Social media influencer Aneka "Slickianna" Townsend was laid to rest at Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine on Thursday after a brief service at Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew.

In her eulogy, delivered by aunt Arlene Gregory, the 35-year-old mother of one was remembered for her selflessness and outgoing personality.

"In her short life, she has travelled to many countries around the world, bringing joy and happiness to all those she met. Kayan [one of her nicknames] was one of those individuals who was not only blessed with outer outer beauty… It did not take much to make her happy, she always said, 'Once mi have life an' mi belly full, mi good,' " she lamented.

"Her smile and laughter was infectious and one could not help but be happy in her presence. She was a very cheerful person. Even though she was quiet, she was not shy and made friends easily. She could strike up a conversation with a stranger and that person would feel like they've known her from years before. She had a humble disposition; she forgave easily. Kayan never held grudges; if you offended her she would let you know and get over it," Gregory continued.

The thanksgiving service was attended by close friends and family, some of whom donned red, which was reportedly the deceased's favourite colour.

Of the attendees, her mother, Joy Smith, was the most inconsolable. According to the eulogy, the mother and daughter last spoke on October 19; just one day after they had a birthday dinner for Smith.

Townsend would have been 36 years old on December 6.

On October 21, Townsend's scantily clad body was retrieved from the sea in Reading, between St James and Hanover.

Rushawn Patterson has since been arrested and charged with murder. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Rohan "Early B" Rose has been charged with misprision of a felony, and is out on bail in the sum of $500,000. He is to stand trial on March 6, 2023.

Among the conditions of his bail, he must report to Lucea Police Station in Hanover three times each week. He is also to surrender his travel documents.

The prosecution told the St James Circuit Court on Monday that Patterson had told Rose that he had killed the socialite.

Joy Smith is inconsolable at the funeral of her daughter Aneka "Slickianna" Townsend on Thursday.
Kediesha Perry

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