Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sergeant Robert Pyle and his wife Stacy who died during a smash-up at Carifesta Avenue after an operation became botched were given a ceremonial send off as the couple was laid to rest yesterday at the Golden Grove Cemetery, East Coast Demerara
The Golden Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church, where the funeral ceremony took place, was packed to capacity with family members, friends and ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) turned out to pay their last respects to the late Sergeant Robert Pyle and his wife Stacy Pyle, the couple who died during the botched Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) operation.
While the couple’s death was shrouded in much controversy, they were given a ceremonial send-off, with the church choir singing lustily during the funeral ceremony in an effort to liven up the environment and while others joined in, the pain and sorrow on the faces of close family were all too heart-breaking.
Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Mark Phillips who was also in attendance, expressed his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late couple.
Pyle and his wife died tragically following a two vehicle collision on Carifesta Avenue on the evening of December 30, last year, and the incident has since gained much attention following shocking revelations that the GDF Sergeant was at that time involved in a covert operation into
the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).
The late Sergeant was also said to have been on vacation when he was called out to perform this duty.
Meanwhile, controversy still surrounds the entire process, including inconsistencies as to why the army officer was called out whilst on vacation and why, if he was on ‘official business’, was his wife with him in the vehicle at the time.
It should be noted that the accident also claimed the life of a third person, a canter driver, Linden Eastman. He was laid to rest on Saturday last.