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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.