PM Harris expresses condolences on untimely passing of Private Kechel Pemberton
From the Office of the Prime Minister
National Security Minister and Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris extends his heartfelt condolences, and those of the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to the family and loved ones of Private Kechel Pemberton, who died on Friday, April 13.
Prime Minister Harris’ sincere condolences also go out to the leadership and rank-and-file members of the Ministry of National Security, and in particular the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force, where Pemberton served in active duty until his untimely death as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident while off duty. Pemberton would have turned 27 years old on July 7.
At the Passing Out Parade of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force held on December 3, 2009, Kechel Pemberton marched as a graduate recruit after successfully completing the basic military course at the age of 18. As a new recruit, Pemberton received awards for Best in Pistol Shot, Best at Skill at Arms, Most Disciplined Recruit, and in addition to these accolades, he formed part of the Best Syndicate.
Prime Minister Harris’ thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Private Kechel Pemberton as they grieve this tragic loss. His thoughts and prayers are likewise with Pemberton’s colleague in the St. Kitts Nevis Regiment who was also injured in the car accident and is now in stable condition at the Joseph N. France General Hospital.
“The national security community is a close-knit one, so this is a loss being felt deeply by the men and women who served with Private Pemberton – their friend, colleague and brother-in-arms,” Prime Minister Harris said today. “May his family and everyone else who loved him be of good courage and find comfort and strength by trusting in God’s grace, love, mercy and plan for each and every one of us.”