A U.S based Guyanese family’s dream vacation and wedding in paradise, has turned into tragedy following the tragic death of the father of the bride.
Family members preparing for a wedding have now found themselves planning a funeral after the bride’s father, Terrence King, fell to his death from the third storey balcony of his hotel room in the Dominican Republic.
King was a musician with the Cannon Balls band when he lived in Guyana. He migrated to the United States with his family several years ago.
The tragic incident took place early Wednesday morning at the Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa, after the family returned to their rooms after a night of partying.
Family members had travelled to the Dominican Republic earlier this week for the weekend wedding.
The man’s widow, Debra Lewis-King wrote on her Facebook page, “you were here to walk your daughter down the aisle in two days but instead we are planning your funeral. We love you but God loves you more. Rest In Peace Terrence King”.
Her sister, Gillian Daly, who is also in the Dominican Republic for the wedding, also took to her Facebook page to break the tragic news to other relatives and friends.
She recounted that the relatives were out at a disco on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and her brother-in-law was in good spirits.
“We don’t know if he got up trying to get to the washroom” she wrote, adding that “he had drinks like everyone else and was really enjoying it. Came home around a lil after 1am this morning, listened and danced a bit then went to bed. He was not careless or out of it. Next thing I know, my sis called to say, we have to go emergency. Terry fell over the balcony”.
A manager at the hotel found the man about five minutes after he fell, according to relatives. He may have suffered internal bleeding caused by broken ribs, according to the sister-in-law.
News Source understands that the bride and other relatives are devastated by the tragedy and are inconsolable.