MONTEGO BAY, St James — The family of Beryl Walters and her granddaughter Jennel, who lost their lives to the raging flood waters of the Barnett River in Montego Bay, will finally say goodbye to them in July.
“Jennel will be buried at Kings Seventh-day Adventist [SDA] Church on July 3 and there will be a memorial service for mommy on the 6th at the Mount Salem SDA,” Gregory Walters told the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday.
They have been able to move ahead now that an autopsy has been completed on the teenager’s body. Gregory Walters said family members are doing their best to cope as they work together to ensure the 12-year-old girl and her 68-year-old grandmother are eulogised in a manner that shows how much they were loved.
The two were travelling in a car on April 19 with the teen’s grandfather Berris Walters and aunt Shannon Walters when tragedy struck as the car was pushed into a culvert of murky water. Berris and Shannon were rescued but later that night Jennel’s body was found in seawaters near the Freeport area of Montego Bay. Days of searching for her grandmother’s body proved futile. The search was officially called off after 24 days.