News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Fri. Oct. 4, 2013: A Trinidad-born man who was among 68 others killed in the terror attack in Kenya remains “alive” on Linked in but was laid to rest in his native land on Tuesday, October 1st.
Ravindra Ramrattan, whose profiles remain up on Linked In and Twitter, was laid to rest following a three-hour funeral ceremony at his family home in Monroe Road, Cunupia, Trinidad. The funeral drew government officials and foreign diplomats who joined in celebrating his life while mourning his passing.
“We will not forget you or your service to humanity,” said British High Commissioner Arthur Snell said at the final farewell for Ramrattan, who worked on a British Government-funded as an economist at the Financial Sector Deepening in Kenya.
“Our Secretary of State for International Development, the Right Honourable Justine Greening, MP, has personally written to the Ramrattan family to offer her condolences,” Snell added. “The loss of Ravi’s life, with more than 70 others, in the horrific attacks in Nairobi was a tragedy that seems random, senseless and cruel. The British Government continues to work very closely with the Kenyan authorities to unravel the events and identify those responsible.”
Other Trinidad & Tobago government officials in attendance Dr. Roodal Moonilal, National Security Minister Gary Griffith and several other Cabinet ministers, as well as Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner.
Several of Ramrattan’s friends and colleagues travelled from Britain and Kenya to be at the funeral.
Ravi’s parents Bisnath and Parbatee Ramrattan had to be consoled by relatives as a white hearse took the body to the Waterloo cremation site.
Ramrattan was killed in a terrorist arrack at the Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya, on September 21st.