The atmosphere was far from subdued when family, friends, fans and members of the musical fraternity in the British Virgin Islands came together at a candlelight vigil for the late music entertainer Kyle ‘Kylo’ Sylvester whose life came to a tragic end in a plane crash on December 7.
The well-known artiste from the Stylee Band was among five persons who perished in the crash which occurred near the St Croix airport.
Setting the celebratory mood inside the Tortola Pier Park last evening, DJ Turbo had a few persons dancing to his selections of vibrant gospel music from popular artistes such as Evangelist Bridget Blutcher.
Several members of the entertainment fraternity paid tribute in songs and words to the late star who performed several times on local soil, especially during the Emancipation celebrations.
Among them were JJ from the OMG band; Teejay of VIBE band; Boss of Showtime Band; as well as Brent Hoyte of VIBE who performed the song “Flashlight” – the more popular of the two songs he collaborated with Sylvester.
Kenrico Wheatley and Shonda Glasglow also delivered stellar vocal performances during the three-hour event.
In addition, several members of Sylvester’s immediate family spoke of their last moments with him including his cousin Shaunice Leonard who did a memorial poem.
There was a special prayer by government backbencher Melvin Turnbull, and Pastor Walter Barrett.
At exactly 8:54pm there was a moment of silence to commemorate the time the plane went down. This was followed by the releasing of 27 balloons, each representing his years on earth.
The late Sylvester grew up on Virgin Gorda and then moved to the USVI where he created a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
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