It was a very solemn thanksgiving service at Hillview Memorial Gardens here for Taneka Gardner sacrificed on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Albion, St James.
Taneka Gardner was sacrificed along with two others in the bizarre ritual at the sect led by cult leader Kevin Smith, who was arrested and later died in an accident at Church Road in Bog Walk, St Catherine, while being transported by the police to Kingston to be questioned by senior detectives.
Forty-two members of the church were arrested after the police, on their approach to the building, were reportedly fired upon the day Gardner was killed. The 42 were later charged with breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act, but a senior member of the church is now before the court on murder charges.
Gardner’s former ATL colleagues recounted that she was an ambitious team player who went beyond the call of duty.
In fact, according to Joy Clark, regional sales manager at ATL, Gardner was poised to transition to the sales team.
“You could never tell what she did because even if she is on the floor and a customer came in and everybody else was busy, she knew the products and she made it a part of her duty to give more than we asked — she would go and help a customer. She was able to take a sale to the end,” Clark remembered.
She added: “She had hopes of becoming part of the sales team and we started to work together to ensure that she transitioned there. She went out and she did subjects and she passed her subjects, and she came with her certificates. She was on a road, she was moving up. She was very ambitious.”