The funeral of 16 year old Karen Grech took place in Malta on Monday (2 January).
The funeral of 16 year old Karen Grech took place in Malta on Monday (2 January). She died the previous Wednesday when a letter bomb addressed to her father, a doctor exploded in her hands. Professor Edwin Grech had been working at a Government hospital on the island despite a five-month-old strike by doctors. Karen's nine-year-old brother Kevin was also injured in the blast, but is recovering following treatment in the United Kingdom.
SYNOPSIS: The funeral cortege left the hospital of St Luke's in Valletta for a mass at the cathedral of Mdina, conducted by the Archbishop of Malta, Monseigneur Joseph Mercieca. From there they went to Addolorata cemetery where huge crowds gathered to pay tribute to Karen.
The Medical Association of Malta has vehemently condemned the bombing.Among the mourners were many doctors.
As the coffin was carried slowly towards the grave, the mourners threw wreaths and flowers. The bomb which killed Karen exploded but there was another bomb addressed to Dr Chatcuti Caruana, also at St Luke's Hospital. It failed to detonate. The Maltese medical profession has disassociated it itself from the incident and disputes a government claim that the death was a result of the strike.
Professor Grech who has worked through the dispute was joined at the service by his South African born wife, who had just returned from her son's bedside in Britain. She too was injured in the blast.