Cameraman Akeel Mathison's love for computers may have cost him his life. Yesterday, his father George Mathison said his death has caused him to see Akeel in a different light. "After listening to what people had to say about him. I had a special son. Someone said he was the most generous youth man in the whole of South," he said. Mathison was delivering the eulogy at his son's funeral service at the Cocoyea Open Bible Church, San Fernando, yesterday.
Mathison said his relationship with his son became "tight" when Akeel started San Fernando Boys' RC School. "We had more than a father/son relationship, more like brothers," he said. Describing his son as a rich kid, he said, "At age 15 Akeel was minding himself. He developed a love for computers. He never took a computer course in his life, but he mastered computers." Mathison said on the fateful day his son, who worked at Acts Channel 9, a religious television station, went to purchase lunch. But, he made a stop in the Internet cafe.
"You know the love for computers," he said. Akeel was stabbed as he left the Internet cafe. "Maybe if he get kill late in the night I could have said if this boy had listen this would not have happen. But, this thing happen three o' clock in the day." He was killed when a man stabbed him for his Blackberry cellphone last week Friday. Mathison said he could honestly say that Akeel enjoyed his life. While being comforted by her father, Zwena tearfully reflected on the good times she shared with her older brother. His burial took place at the Paradise Cemetery.