Murdered teacher laid to rest

Kessandra Blackman, Kescia Barnche’s twin sister, being comforted as she held on to a portrait of her murdered sibling, who was laid to rest yesterday. (Photo by Keno George)

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

The viewing of her body was held at the Lyken Funeral Home followed by a home-going service at the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Hall on Woolford Avenue. Her remains were subsequently interred in Buxton, East Coast Demerara. At the service, the tributes were mostly in the form of poetry and song and were done by persons from various aspects of Branche’s life, including the local theatre fraternity, the GTU and staff and students of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, where she taught.

“Kescia, I am sure if she had a choice, would have chosen to continue living…but even though she spent a short time on this earth, she would have made an impact; she mothered, she molded, she nurtured, she befriended and her huge personality and her performances on stage can in no way be measured by the little frame that held this person together. We will miss her terribly,” a representative of the theatre fraternity said.

“The teaching fraternity….

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