Murdered lawyer laid to rest

January 22, 2019
Family members and friends gathered at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St. James, to pay their last respects to Nordraka Williams-Burnett.
Nordraka Williams-Burnett
Mourners gathered at Nordraka' s graveside iat Cold Spring, Cornwall Mountain, Westmoreland.
Charmaine Williams, Nordraka' s mother, is embraced by her son Andre Williams at the funeral for Nordraka Williams-Burnett.
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Nordraka Williams-Burnett, the lawyer who was killed at her West Kirkland Heights, St Andrew, home in Kingston on December 13 last year, has been laid to rest.

At the spirit-filled, convention-like service of thanksgiving at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on Saturday, family, friends and co-workers said goodnight to the late attorney-at-law.

Williams-Burnett, who was affectionately called 'Sanji', was remembered as a loyal Christian soldier, legal luminary, loving mother, and a queen who was passionately in love with the performing arts.

Charmaine Williams, Nordraka's mother, said she had always wanted a daughter and was excited when she found out that she was pregnant.

"I remember when Hero Blair had a crusade at Jarrett Park, and all I had in my purse was $10, and at that time, that was a whole heap of money," Williams said.

"I put $5 in an envelope as an offering, and I wrote a prayer on it saying, 'Lord, please, I need a daughter', and two months after, I was pregnant, and God gave me a beautiful daughter in Nordraka," she added.

Born on June 2, 1984, Nordraka is the first of two children for Charmaine and George Williams. She grew up in the Montego Bay New Testament Church on Water Lane and got baptised at the tender age of seven.

She received her secondary education at the Mount Alvernia and Immaculate high schools before purusing her law degree at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and then furthering her studies at the Norman Manley Law School.

"My children, they have never put me to shame. They have all made me a proud mother," Charmaine said. "I just want to give God thanks that I was the vessel that brought her on earth. God used this vessel to allow her to be here for 34 years. She has lived a full life, and I am proud to be her mother."

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Williams-Burnett's husband, Lieutenant Kyodia Burnett, a Jamaica Defence Force soldier, was taken into police custody following her murder.

Angela Harris, former principal of Mt Alvernia High school, was devasted when she learnt of her former student's death.

"When I first heard the news of the tragic death of a young lawyer, I was saddened. Shortly afterwards, I heard the lawyer name, and my sadness turned to shock, disbelief, and devastation as there is only one Nordraka," she said.

The members of the Montego Bay New Testament Church remembered Nordraka as someone who love God and was committed to service. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Tribe of Judah Performing Arts dance ministry that helped to inspire the young people of the church community.

Williams-Burnett leaves behind two daughters, Amariah and Keziah-Anais Burnett.

Her parents have decided to set up an educational fund in her memory. The Reverend Clement Clarke of the Montego Bay New Testament Church said that the offering collected at the funeral was in aid of an education fund for the daughters of their deceased mother.

At the time of her death, Williams-Burnett was working as a senior manager for the conveyance department at the law firm of Townsend, Whyte and Porter in downtown Kingston.

Her body was interred in the family plot at Cold Spring, Cornwall Mountain, Westmoreland.

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