Renowned sound system operator Ricky Trooper was granted a compassionate visa by the United States Embassy to attend the funeral of his daughter, Brianna Destiny McKoy, on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The funeral service occurred at the Grace Cathedral of Peace, with the interment following at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield, Connecticut.
After arriving in the U.S., Trooper took to social media to express his gratitude for being able to attend his daughter’s funeral.
“Right on time for my kids and family. Miracles never cease,” he wrote.
Expressing gratitude for the opportunity, he added, “Thanks to Irish, Chauncey Henry, my lawyer. You’re the man. You never stopped fighting this battle. Thanks to Minister Babsy Grange, the US Ambassador for Jamaica, the United States Consulate in Jamaica, Ava, Colleen Damian Marley, and all the people who made everything possible to be there for my family. God is good.”
Trooper had qualified for the visa under humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds, specifically for the death of a family member. The United States Embassy granted him access to attend his daughter’s funeral, allowing him to be with his family during this difficult time.
Our thoughts are with Trooper and his family during this difficult time, and we hope they find comfort and peace in the days ahead.
In 2010, Trooper found himself among five notable figures from the local entertainment fraternity who were stripped of their US visas.
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