ST CATHERINE, Jamaica - Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the New Testament Church of God Convention Centre in Old Harbour, St Catherine, to pay their respects to Tavaris and Tavaughn Bulgin, the two brothers who drowned at the Jaws Bridge on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, on August 14.
In attendance are several ministerial colleagues and friends of Reverend Keith and Jacqueline Bulgin, parents of the young men, as well as old classmates and friends from Denbigh High School, where both brothers completed their secondary education. Batchmates from the University of Technology, Tavaris's alma mater, and the University of the West Indies, Mona, where Tavaughn would have graduated this November, were also in attendance.
Also present are political representatives, including Member of Parliament for Clarendon South Eastern, Pearnel Charles Jr, and Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, who is representing the Opposition leader.
The two brothers were supporters of the Barcelona Football Club (FCB), as is observed from the colour choice of their caskets, as well as the club's flag that is used to drape them.
In giving tribute, Reverend Mark Fairweather, representing the New Testament churches in the diaspora, said that the overseas community has pledged to support the Tavaris and Tavaughn Memorial Scholarship that was established recently by their father.
A second thanksgiving service will be held on October 4 at the Hastings Baptist Church in Deeside, Trelawny. Intermittent will follow at the family plot in the parish.