|Death: ||Dec. 14, 2011|
New York, USA
From NY Daily News, written by Ben Chapman, Tina Moore on Saturday, December 17, 2011
Angela Jewth caressed her son's face one last time before she collapsed next to the tiny white coffin holding the 9-year-old who died after choking on a meatball in school.
"Goodbye, my Jonathan!" Jewth wailed as she wept uncontrollably Saturday before family and friends had to carry her away.
About 300 members of the Guyanese community, family, friends and school staff packed the funeral home in the Bronx to mourn the fourth-grader's passing.
Incense burned and Hindi music played as a Hindu priest gave a traditional service.
Photos of the smiling boy playing with friends and wearing a suit for a special occasion were placed throughout the hall.
A bouquet of flowers near the coffin bore the name Public School 47.
"We're completely devastated," said Jonathan's cousin Anita Bermaul. Bermaul said she spent the week in Jacobi Medical Center with Jonathan and his mother praying by his bedside for him to recover.
"The doctor said he had severe brain damage and to prepare for the worst," she said.
Then, on Monday, the doctors removed him from life support.
"The Lord gave us this gift for nine years," Bermaul said. "We are heartbroken."
Eight pallbearers led by his father carried the coffin emblazoned with Jonathan's name up a hill to his resting place.
A priest singing hymns walked alongside the procession of about 100 mourners. Every few paces, they paused to kneel with the coffin while the priest lit incense sticks and sprinkled the group with holy water.
Jonathan's father wept as he pressed his forehead against the lacquered box at graveside. His mother again collapsed wailing for her son.
"Oh, my baby. Oh, my Jonathan. Where did you go, my baby? He was my only son."
New York, USA
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Record added: Dec 17, 2011
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