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In loving memory ofShakira Martin

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Martin - Shakira: Jamaica’s 2011 Miss Universe beauty queen and ambassador Shakira Martin passed away peacefully on Tuesday night, August 2,2016 at a hospital in Florida.
Her death was confirmed by close friend Laura Butler, who said she had been taken off life support.
"Shakira is gone," said Butler, who described the beauty as a sister.
Martin, 30, had been on life support for some time after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anaemia.
In an emotional Facebook post from her mother Andrea Hall hours ago, Jamaicans were urged not to take the hereditary blood disease lightly – as leading up to her death, Shakira was an active advocate for sickle cell awareness in Jamaica and sections of the United States.
“As I sit here with my daughter Shakira Aminah on life support saying goodbye with family and friends. Sickle cell is no joke, please [be] aware, learn about it. Support someone. God bless you Shakira Martin, I love you eternally,” Hall wrote.
Hundreds of Jamaicans, including the local advocacy group the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica, extended their heartfelt condolences to Martin’s family and close friends.
Shakira Martin represented Jamaica in the 2011 staging of Miss Universe in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before her entry into pageantry, Martin worked as a preschool teacher for many years – driven by hoping to inspire the young minds of future generations.
At every opportunity, Shakira championed awareness for sickle cell anaemia, and told of her personal fight with the disease having been diagnosed at 3 months old.    
During her reign, she had the opportunity to spread "Brand Jamaica" around the world. She has modelled in Jamaica, Brazil, New York, Miami, Canada and Haiti.
By all accounts, Shakira was determined to see her dreams of becoming a Humanitarian, role model, and inspiration on generations to come manifest into reality. “She had the soul of a warrior and the heart of an angel with a passion for people and seeing a better tomorrow,” one woman wrote.
“The things that I want to accomplish, may be 'cliche' for a beauty queen, but those are the things that are genuinely in my heart. World peace, a solution to starvation, hugging trees and all that jazz. It's all a part of the plan,” were some profound words from Shakira Martin from her Facebook page.

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MLC

My sincere condolences on your loss. God is the Creator of life. He is the one that gives life to all persons he is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died.(Acts 17:25) . . ., because he himself gives to all people life and

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Ransford

Thanks for the short time you spent with us, very proud of your contribution to our country, our people and the world at large by being a good will ambassador. May you find eternal rest in the masters kingdom, walk good RIP.

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Shaneik

My condolence to Shakira's family. Losing a loved one is never easy because we were not initially created to experience such pain. Thankfully, John 5:28-29 reminds us of the resurrection that will take place. Jehovah's words WILL be fulfilled!

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Dr. Austin Vernon, Sr

May your soul find piece everlasting as you continue to rest.

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Carol

To family and friends please find comfort in our life giver Almighty God and his promise in the scriptures assure us of his power to resurrect our dear loved ones. (Isaiah 26:19)

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LK

How truly tragic to lose such a beautiful and loving human being. My sincere condolences to family and friends. Our loving God has promised to end tears, pain and death (Revelation 21:4). May that help ease your great pain.

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Jason

Sending my deepest condolences, may loving memories give you comfort. May you find peace through a God who really cares for you during your time of distress--- Psalms 46:1. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family

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V.F.

Please accept sincere condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. Our creator purpose for mankind was cannot be stopped. Please find comfort in Gods word found at Isaiah 33:24 ..no resident will say I am sick.." and John 5:28,29.

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Marcia Scott

Sadly missed. An inspiration for others to follow

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T.mathes

My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of your child . May the wonderful memories bring you comfort may the God of all comfort, comfort you in this difficult time. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3.

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T.mathes

My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of your child . May the wonderful memories bring you comfort may the God of all comfort, comfort you in this difficult time. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3.

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