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Family struggles for closure months after pastor’s death

The grief-stricken family of a pastor, who was struck by a truck that did not stop last November, is still searching for answers and appealing for the driver involved to come forward.

Dr. Kendal Stubbs, 48, pastor of Remnant Tabernacle of Praise on Carmichael Road, died on November 3, 2012.

Police initially reported that a gray or white truck struck Stubbs as he walked east on Carmichael Road with a large group of church members.

In the days following the incident, police appealed for the driver to come forward and said leads were being followed based on eyewitness reports.

But nine months after the pastor’s death the family has had little closure, Carolyn Stubbs, the pastor’s widow, said.

“It is a very emotional time simply because we have to be going through the legal system, going back and forth to the Coroner’s Court,” said Stubbs at a press conference at Remnant Tabernacle of Praise.

“Just simply having closure is impossible and to say this has been frustrating is an understatement. It’s just for my daughters and myself a very difficult time.”

The coroner’s inquest into the pastor’s death has been adjourned three times, according to his widow.

She said the adjournments happened because files relating to the matter were not delivered to the Coroner’s Court.

She also claimed that Stubbs’ death certificate issued on November 7 indicated the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and torso as well as severe coronary artery disease.

According to Stubbs, it also noted that he had been struck by a motor vehicle.

The inquest is scheduled for October 1.

Stubbs said while dealing with the loss of her husband has been a constant struggle, the church community and their prayers have helped them to get by.

Co-administrator of Remnant Tabernacle of Praise Edmund Stubbs, Kendal Stubbs’ brother; Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) President Dr. Myles Munroe and Bahamas Christian Council President Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson appealed for a quick resolution.

“We fully support the grief, frustration and concerns expressed by sister Carolyn, our beloved sister and widow of our pastor, and the children, and we pray with them,” Edmund Stubbs said.

Dr. Richard Pinder, pastor of BFM, said he could only imagine the emotional trauma, strain and stress of the family and the church congregation.

“We share their concerns,” he said. “… He was a pastor as well so there is a whole congregation of people who are still in mourning.”

Munroe noted that the wider public should understand that the loss of a pastor is cause for “great concern” because church leaders touch and work with the community more than any other entity in the country.

“Sitting here with Mrs. Stubbs, my mind can recall at least three individuals in my own congregation who have some outstanding matter five years later,” he said.

“This has almost been nine months. A pastor was purportedly struck down by a vehicle and vehicles don’t drive themselves.

“The questions that are arising from the family and this church bring deep concern regarding the desire for justice in the community.”

 

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