Santos family pays tribute to Keenan

As the parish of St. Blaise Church in Amboli, Andheri West, poured out into the street after mass at midnight, Valerian and Valerie Santos head to their son Keenan's grave on the other side, pausing every few seconds to greet neighbours and friends.

It was hard to spot them amidst a crowd of motorists stuck in traffic, balloon-sellers and excited youngsters headed to parties.

Inside the graveyard that is adjacent to the prayer hall, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes rest mere feet away, as inseparable in death as they were in life.

"The charm and enjoyment of Christmas is no more," says Valerian as Valerie moved a bunch of candles closer to the headstone. Keenan's family did not attend the midnight mass last year. "Our neighbours told us last year that they would not decorate their homes or hold any celebrations. I told them they should dampen their Christmas, but they replied that Keenan was their son too," he added.

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