Losing a loved one is never easy, It is one of the worst things a person can experience in life.
Though death happens a lot in life, it’s still hard to deal with.
Former BBNaija star; Khafi Kareem and her family members were inconsolable as they laid to rest the youngest member of the family; Alexander Kareem.
Khafi recently lost her younger brother at gunpoint in the United Kingdom. Alexander Kareem was shot on June 8 on Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush, London in a case of mistaken identity and he reportedly died from gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen.
Police said Mr. Alex, 20, was killed as he left a convenience store in a case of mistaken identity shortly after 12.30 am.
At the funeral, the family of Alexander Kareem begged the public not to view his death as “just another black boy who’s been shot.”
A funeral is a time for people to come together and share their thoughts, but finding the right words to say at a funeral isn’t always easy.
In a heartfelt eulogy to her brother, Khafi said she and her brothers “would have taken the bullet for him”.
Speaking after his funeral, Khafi said: “To anybody who’s seen this (in the news) and is thinking this is just another black boy who’s been shot by violence, I want to tell you that is not the case.
“Alex’s life mattered, he had a future ahead of him, he’s not just another black boy. He had a family, he had friends, this is real.”
Khafi added: “There are real lives that have been impacted, real people who are broken. There are so many people who have turned up today and we are here for justice.
“I am begging whoever knows anything please find it in your heart to come forward. I feel bad that we’ve had to bury Alex and his killers are still not found, can he really rest in peace when his killers are roaming around?”
Around 30 people attended the funeral service at the Church of the Holy Ghost and St Stephen in Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday, July 29, and dozens more paid their respects at the burial in Margravine Cemetery in Hammersmith.
Alexander Kareem was described as “brainy and intelligent”, and a computer whizz who enjoyed coding and playing the video game Fortnite. He was about to embark on a new chapter of his life by starting university in September to study computer science.
Khafi, who came to the limelight as a housemate in the Nigerian reality show; Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem, said of her brother at the funeral: “My mum named him after Alexander the Great, because, even though he’s the youngest, my mum always knew this is where greatness was going to come from in our family.
“He’s really funny and always energetic, he was just becoming a man, looking after himself and giving back to us as a family. And most importantly he was innocent, he had nothing to do with the horrid, horrible lifestyle that took him away, he had nothing to do with that, ” she said.
Getting through the loss of a loved one takes time and everyone’s journey to healing is unique. Everyone is different and sometimes the journey can seem more than we can bear. When this happens, we should remember to be grateful for the time we spent with our loved ones and know that they’re in a better place.
We pray Alex’s soul rest in perfect peace and may the Lord continue to strengthen the family and help bring the culprit to book.