Around 200 people came together at a church in Staten Island on Thursday to bid farewell to Syles Ular, a 13-year-old boy described as an “adventurous spirit”. Ular’s life was tragically cut short in an altercation on a city bus earlier this month, allegedly by a knife-wielding teen. The mourners gathered to pay their final respects to the young boy, whose death has left a deep impact on the community.
One of the attendees at the event was Nakeia Emory, the sorrowful mother of the young victim. Despite the immense pain and suffering caused by the loss of her son, Nakeia was able to find it in her heart to forgive the person responsible for her child’s death.
During the funeral service at the International Christian Center of Emory, Pastor David Beidel shared a heartwarming message with the attendees. He recounted the words of a woman who said, “I want everyone to know, tell that boy that I love him and I forgive him.” The message was filled with love and forgiveness, and it left a lasting impact on those who were present. Pastor Beidel’s words reminded everyone of the importance of compassion and forgiveness in our lives.
Beidel expressed her admiration as she recounted the moment, “I was absolutely amazed. She was not only concerned about herself, but also about the lives of two individuals who were at risk of being lost.”
According to family friend Gretchen Jefferson, the young child was known for having an adventurous spirit and being a remarkable young soul.
According to police, Syles, who was a student at Elias Bernstein IS 7, lost his life in a tragic incident after being stabbed by another teenager during a dispute on an MTA bus on Oct. 6. As reported in The New York Post, the details of the dispute leading up to the fatal incident remain unknown.
According to police reports, Syles and his supposed assailant, who was also a 13-year-old student at the same school, were involved in an altercation while aboard the S78 bus at the intersection of Hyland Boulevard and Littlefield Avenue in Eltingville at approximately 2:20 p.m.
After the attack, the assailant, who appeared to be a young person, quickly fled the scene. However, thanks to the quick thinking of an off-duty police officer who trailed him, the perpetrator was apprehended not too far away from the location of the crime. The police were immediately notified and the suspect was taken into custody.
According to Faith Green, Syles’ cousin, she was at basketball practice when the tragic incident occurred. At first, she couldn’t believe it was happening and broke down in tears. It was a difficult reality to accept, especially considering how young Syles was.
As the sun shone through the windows, Styles’ body lay peacefully in an open casket, adorned with a delicate bouquet of red roses. The podium was filled with beautiful arrangements of roses and chrysanthemums, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere during the funeral service.
According to his cousin, Tyrole Watkins, the young man was a kind and nonviolent individual who did not deserve what happened to him. Despite the devastating loss, they are trying their best to remain patient and avoid succumbing to anger.
According to Vincent Capers, Syles’ uncle, he does not share Emory’s view of forgiveness when it comes to the teen charged with his nephew’s murder. Vincent describes the accused as a “bad kid” who is simply doing what he’s good at – causing trouble.
The minor suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, has been accused of committing a heinous crime and has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a weapon. The charges were pressed against him recently. According to sources, the accused killer was involved in a vicious stabbing incident on a bus, resulting in the death of his rival. The details of the case are still emerging, and the investigation is ongoing.
Last week, it came to light that the FDNY ambulance failed to reach Ular in time to attend to his injuries. The paramedics were overwhelmed, and by the time they arrived at the location, two minutes had already passed since the police had rushed the teenager to the hospital, where he was later declared dead. This was reported by The Post in an article that revealed the unfortunate incident.
According to his obituary, Syles was a young boy who had a passion for basketball and animals. He was known to be curious and always eager to learn. He embraced every opportunity that came his way and made the most out of his time here on earth.
During the funeral, Archbishop Eric Figueroa addressed the mourners and encouraged them to see the tragic incident as an opportunity for learning. He emphasized the importance of avoiding revenge and instead focusing on forgiveness and compassion.
He emphasized the significance of recognizing that the process of grieving is personal and each individual deals with it differently.
“The desire for revenge only adds to the weight of sorrow one already carries.”
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