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Dec 3, 2015

Elizabeth McKoy Laid to Rest

The tragic death of three young girls, wards of the Princess Royal Youth Hostel, remains the subject of much scrutiny, condemnation and fiery debate. The minors, Sadisha Arnold, Ana Carlos and Elizabeth McKoy, were on lockdown for allegedly running away the day before, and authorities say that one of them started the fire as a distraction so they could escape again. That fire turned into an uncontrollable blaze which engulfed the three girls when supervisors at the facility could not get the padlock open. Fourteen year old McKoy had been at the facility only two weeks, and had been placed there by her mother after graduating from Saint Martin De Porres Primary School and was attending the Anglican Cathedral College. Today, her funeral service was held at the St. Martin’s de Porres Church in Belize City. But while McKoy is now at peace, the debate rages on. Father Matthew Ruhl addressed that particular issue in his homily, saying that those involved in the blame game are missing the real picture.

 

Fr. Matt Ruhl, St. Martin’s de Porres Parish

Fr. Matt Ruhl

“The most important question in the world is why is the child crying? You say I don’t know, you stand convicted. If you say I know why and have done nothing, you stand convicted. Church this is about the ugliest tragedy I have seen in my years as a pastor. Things don’t get uglier but if you and I walk out of this church ad say, well that’s done let me go to work now, well that’s done let me go to school now, well that’s done then God have mercy. If this day can do anything for us, it should force you and me to look deeply into our hearts and into our souls and say how have I failed the children of this country? Or what more can I do to help the children of this country have future. Leave this church and if you want to cry about this then by all means cry about it. But at the end of the day if you cannot ask yourself what can id o to prevent future tragedies for our children, then this day has been a complete waste. And this death s been for nothing.”

 

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3 Responses for “Elizabeth McKoy Laid to Rest”

  1. BelizeanInAsia says:

    90% of the systems in Belize at various levels are broken. I literally cry as I read the updates on the tragic news of these girls. How did Belize, how did we as a people get this way? Why are we making such poor choices? And no I don’t mean only the leaders but us who make poor selection of leaders at various levels. How has Belize fallen so far back? I am almost speechless.

    By the way…how comes we don’t see Mrs. Kim Simpliss Barrow, children’s advocate, commenting on this tragedy or lending of support to these girls’ families?

  2. madperson says:

    I really feel sorry for this parents because losing a child is not something easy to handle. Condolences to the families.

    With respect to the families I want to say that all what happens is simply because of the laws. I am a young mother and I would say that nowadays you cannot punish your children why because as soon as you do that you see human services or even our own children saying that if you punish them they will demand you to the authorities. In my opinion I would say if our children cannot obey rules that we as parents put in our houses how can we expect them to obey someone else that has nothing to do with them. Education starts at home. Rules are to be set as the child has understanding because like the saying goes ” Tree that grows crooked never straightens”. Sometimes a spanking can help to have children with principles.

  3. Marb says:

    At this point of time it is so easy to pin point fingers. If this society is corrupt that means there was a BAD foundation. As parents, It is not a job but a God given responsibility to raise productive children for this society. I do not understand how I cannot control an underage child. I do understand when they are adults things may change, but kids? Come on PARENTS OF BELIZE don’t depend on someone else to teach Morals to your children when it was your responsibility as their first teacher. Just think, before anybody had your child as a teacher you were the first one. My Sympathy to the Parent and Family of these Girls!

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