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Final rites for Carlet

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Carol Holder, centre, is consoled by family members while viewing the body of her sister Carlet, inset, during the funeral service at Allen’s Funeral Home, Arima, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON

Media personality Carlet Holder Alvarez was cremated yesterday.

The cremation took place at Allen’s Funeral Home in Arima after the salaat-ul-janazah (Islamic funeral prayer) was performed.

Host of The Black Agenda and local leader of the Nation of Islam, David Muhammad delivered the eulogy before a small group of mourners.

He told the Sunday Guardian he and Carlet met when they were 12.

“We were childhood friends. While she was at Bishop Anstey, I was at Trinity College, then we left the country and embraced Islam at the same time.”

He said Alvarez joined the Nation of Islam while in New York.

Alvarez died on July 15 after a battle with lupus. There was a family feud over her original funeral service on Thursday which resulted in it being postponed to yesterday.

Muhammad said his friendship with Alvarez was one of the most amazing, love-filled friendships he has had.

Asked about the two different religious rites, he said an Islamic service was done for her in honour of her Islamic heritage while the cremation was a compromise from her Christian family.

Meanwhile, her brother, Carlyle, who lives in the United States and arrived on Wednesday, told members of the media that there was a lot of miscommunication. 

“I don’t want to get into details. I was not contacted and my sister (Carla) was not contacted and we were travelling. I see that it became a big feud and it should not have been. If someone had just called...”

Asked who stopped Thursday’s funeral at the St Theresa RC Church in Woodbrook, Carlyle did not give a name, except to say “a family member” went to the church and stopped it.

“In a time of grieving it was sad this type of thing transpired.”

He laughed though and said Alvarez had been telling her friends when she died “it will be bacchanal”.

Alvarez would have celebrated her 47th birthday in September.


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