[www.inewsguyan.com] – Pomp and ceremony were dished out in hefty amounts for the arrival of Randolph Holder’s remains at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Thursday night.
Holder, a New York Police Department (NYPD) Police Officer, of Guyanese origins, was killed in the line of duty late last week, after a gun battle involving a drug turf war.
His remains arrived just before 21:00hrs on Thursday October 28, with an entourage of officers from the NYPD as his pallbearers.
Decked in royal blue ceremonial wear, a stark contrast to the all – white of the Guyana Police Force, the NYPD crew removed Holder’s body just before 22:00 hrs. Holder is to be buried on Saturday, October 31.
Holder, 33 — whose father and grandfather were both cops in Guyana — is had an emotional service at a Queens, New York cathedral Wednesday afternoon before arriving in Guyana.
President David Granger has already expressed deepest condolences to his family.
During a telephone conversation, the President spoke to Holder’s grandmother, Elizabeth Lovell, who raised the young man and his brother since their mother passed away when they were only 16 and 7 years old respectively.
The President opined that the young man was in the prime of his life. Lovell, who has known the President since he was a little boy attending the Auckline Primary School, expressed appreciation for the call.