- 14-yr-old student was slated to perform at tonight’s flag raising ceremony
President David Granger and his Government of Guyana has expressed “deep regret” at the tragic passing of Richard Ishmael Student and member of the Pan Wave Steel Orchestra, 14-year old Kevin Scipio. The talented young lad was slated to perform in the 50th Independence Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony tonight.
Reports are that Scipio was crushed by a truck last night while he and others were offloading the steelpans at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School on Mandela Avenue. He had not long before left rehearsals at the D’urban Park.
“Even as investigations into the circumstances surrounding the accident are being conducted, the Government of Guyana expresses deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the family of Kevin Scipio. The President, Government and all Guyanese mourn his passing, which comes at a time when the Nation is celebrating our 50th Independence Anniversary,” the Ministry of the Presidency said in a statement this morning.
“No doubt, young Kevin was looking forward to his opportunity to participate with his peers in this significant observance. Condolences are also expressed to the members of the Pan Wave Steel Orchestra and the staff and students of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School,” the statement said.
The Government said it will immediately make available counselling services, through the Ministry of Social Protection for members of the band and the family of the late Kevin Scipio.