Antiguan who died in Colombia to be laid to rest

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Two weeks after being swept away in a river surge, Jonathan Phillips is still missing, now, his family is making the final preparations to lay to rest his aunt who died in that same Colombian tragedy.
On September 15, the body of the aunt, Carol Lewis, was recovered, however, Phillips has not been seen since being swept out to sea.
A family member, Andrea Luke told OBSERVER media yesterday that Lewis’ body arrived in the U.S. last Friday.
“She will be laid to rest on Saturday, October 6. She will be viewed and we are trying to do the final preparations as to who is doing what. We are trying to finalise that, since her body only arrived over the weekend and we are trying to get everything in order,” Luke said
The relative said Lewis’ body will be cremated, as per her request.
The search was called off just days after Phillips, a flight operations officer with LIAT airline, disappeared on September 15 while bathing in the Melcocho River, in the rural area of the municipality of Cocorná.
Since then, the government of Antigua and Barbuda has financially aided Phillips’ mom to fly to Colombia.
“We heard from his mom and she is not taking it so good. It is taking a toll on everybody because finding one and not finding the other is hard so we are getting ready to put Carol to rest,” Luke said.
She added that Phillips’ mother should return to Antigua by the end of this week.
Authorities retrieved Lewis’ body from one of the main rivers of Cocorná, eastern Antioquia.
Luke said the family is still struggling to come to terms with Lewis’ death.
Lewis is an Antiguan by birth and migrated to the United States at a young age. She and Phillips were only one day into their Colombian vacation when the tragedy unfolded.

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