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Steel-pan player crushed to death shortly after Independence rehearsal

Rehearsals at D'urban Park for Guyana's 50th Independence Flag Raising Ceremony.

Rehearsals at D’urban Park for Guyana’s 50th Independence Flag Raising Ceremony.

Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations were late Tuesday night marred by the death of a youthful steel-pan player shortly after rehearsals.

Multiple sources confirmed that 14-year old Kevin Scipio was crushed by a truck while he and others were offloading the steelpans at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, Mandela Avenue.

Scipio was a member of the youth band, PanWave, that would be playing at Wednesday night’s flag raising ceremony at D’urban Park, Georgetown.

Scipio was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was pronounced dead.

  • pollard

    this is so sad, too young, people has to learn to protect their sourrounding first and be conscious of your activities where ever you at, your safety comes first.both adults and kids, as grown as my children are I does this regular and the want me to stop,i told them as the go on their own just be careful and be safe.activities like these suppose to have traffic police to protect all not only kids.if this happen in the school yard there should of been someone supervising these kids.

  • george wiltshire

    Safety all too often is taken for granted. We as adults must look out for our children. On Friday we had an event and when I saw how our children were running wild I stopped and prayed and took control . Thank JESUS no accident t happened.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Condolences to his parents, siblings, extended family and friends. Very sad to loose a kid.

  • Half IndianHalfBlack

    Sincere condolences to the Scipio family, relatives, friends and associates.
    Drivers must be severely punished for these crimes. He had to see these youngsters doing their task.
    Wild and inconsiderate road user.