This was one day after the disputed general elections in Zimbabwe as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. The army opened fire and shot to kill, not only the demonstrators, but also non-participating bystanders. Witness accounts of the circumstances surrounding Gavin's death, describe how he was protecting others when the fatal bullet hit him. It came from close range as he held the soldier's arm in an attempt to stop the loss of further life. The soldier was aiming at demonstrators and firing in the abdomen with clear intent to kill - that soldier did kill, others and Gavin.
As we know the family and share the pain, we feel Gavin deserves to be laid to rest in a decent way and the family allowed to mourn without the added pressure of financial burden. It is not the time to apportion blame. It is also not the time to be begging when you can hardly breath in coming to terms with the pain of such loss. Gavin was a beautiful, caring young man. As a musician he was introverted, highly gifted and sensitive. To those closest he offered an empathic and respectful space and deep emotional bonds. The bereaved have lost a father, a brother, an uncle and a partner, who will always be remembered with devote love and respect.
The passing of Gavin Dean Charles, aged 48, is deeply mourned. Please contribute to laying him to rest - as honourably, as he lived.
<3 RIP Gavin. Amen.
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