The screams of two grieving mothers pierced the air at the Valencia RC Cemetery Saturday as they gave a final send off to their sons Junior Soogrim, 13 and Jason, eight (both brothers) after they drowned exactly one week ago at an abandoned pool at an illegal quarry in Tapana Sankarali Road, Valencia.
Martinez Soogrim, the father of the boys consoled both mothers at the graveside while he fought back tears. The two young boys drowned while bathing at a 100-foot deep pool at the illegal quarry site, not far from home, while in the company of adults and other children.
Nela Soogrim, Jason's mother, sobbed quietly as her son's coffin was lowered into the ground. Schoolmates of both boys also attended the funeral with their parents.
Junior's mother, Christine Ramdeen fondly remembered celebrating her son's 13th birthday recently at her home at Fern Street, Valencia. She recalled his smile and how happy he had been at the birthday party.
Ramdeen recalled how her 13-year-old son begged her to stay at her home last Sunday, but his father who came for him that morning said he had also planned a birthday party for him. The boys later accompanied their father to the garden, but later left and joined neighbours who took them to the pool with other children to bathe.
Relatives of the boys who were later alerted to the incident pulled their bodies from the pool.
The parents of the drowned boys were asking the police to investigate the matter further.
They are insisting that the adults who witnessed the drownings should be probed by the police.