Vincy youth dies in horrible US crash
September 28, 2007

Vincy youth dies in horrible US crash

Myrna Toney weeps a mother’s tears, as she comes to terms with the death of her 21-year-old nephew, who was struck by a vehicle in the United States recently.{{more}}

Aphiek Toney was hit by a vehicle in Pennsylvania on September 18, and died after several other vehicles ran over his helpless body.

When Myrna visited SEARCHLIGHT shortly after getting the news of Aphiek’s death, she could hardly keep herself together.

Alphiek was six months old when his mother left for the United States to pursue a better life, leaving him with his aunt (Myrna), who had recently given birth herself.

“I breast-fed him and raised him as my own,” Myrna said, as the tears flooded her eyes.

Aphiek, the only child of his mother, Eula, went to live with her in the United States when he was 11-years old.

He was at the time a Form One student at the St Vincent Grammar School, having attended the Georgetown Government Primary School.

Myrna said that she and Aphiek had remained close, and had spoken to him two days before he died.

“He was very caring and jovial, and always said something to make you feel happy, if you were down,” said Myna, a school teacher, herself a mother of three.

A memorial service is scheduled for today, Friday, September 28. The body is expected to be cremated, and the ashes brought back to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where a service will be held and the ashes sprinkled at the Byrea cemetery.

Now Aphiek’s relatives are hoping that the police will find the person responsible for his death, and bring them to justice. (KJ)