RIP Gary Leon Robert

With regards to the missing Adidas King of the Road Run participant that I wrote about on Sunday, I’m sorry to write that Gary Leon Robert was found dead yesterday in a tunnel (basement) of the Shah Alam Stadium. This is very sad news, since my friends and I were participants in the race as well and Gary was a good friend to another pal of mine.

I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Gary, and may he rest in peace.

The following is the news report in Malay, over at mStar Online (click here). For those who can’t read Malay, here are some key points translated from the news report:

  • A student from the Universiti Tenaga National (Uniten) who was reported missing after participating in the Adidas King of the Road Marathon yesterday (Sunday) was found dead in a tunnel at the Shah Alam Stadium today (Monday).
  • Gary Leon Robert was one of the the 10,000 participants in the run which was held by the Shah Alam City Council with the cooperation of Adidas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
  • The body was found in the stadium’s tunnel at about 1.05 p.m. with help of police dogs, according to Shah Alam District Head of Police, ACP Noor Azam Jamaluddin.
  • The search was mobilized on Monday morning after Gary’s father lodged a missing persons report at about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Police HQ in Shah Alam.
  • Initial examination found injuries to the chest and lips and the body was send to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for a post-mortem.
  • The student was reported missing right after the race by a friend of his and the organizers immediately searched the stadium grounds and race checkpoints to no avail.
  • A search by City Council enforcers on Sunday night and Monday morning failed to yield any trace of the student.

Updates (5th August 2009): The cause of Gary’s death was due to severe dehydration. I hope this puts to rest all the theories that have been going about on the Internet. Thank you. (source: The Star)

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  1. xenohawk August 4, 2009

    wah! so dangerous one ah? died of dehydration and exhaustion?

  2. Angela August 4, 2009

    i extend my condolences to his family. what a thing to have happen! how could he not have been found when he was still in the stadium grounds?

    (i went on friday to collect the jerseys and i have to say i thought that place had a bad vibe about it)

  3. Sam August 4, 2009

    Although we don’t talk very often, he was like my friend and my brother to me. I cried non-stop after hearing the saddened news. I’m deeply saddened on the dismiss of my beloved friend and also brother in Christ, Gary Robert. I will always remember his humble heart and the smile he has on his face. I have lost my dear friend and brother. May you rest in peace with the Lord Gary… 🙁

  4. curryegg August 4, 2009

    My condolences to his family.

    I was shocked when I received a call from my boyfriend about his death. Although I just met him once, I have strong impression on his friendliness and kindness..

    Can’t stop my tears neither. He is a wonderful guy.

    May he rest in peace..

  5. passby August 4, 2009

    I am his neighbour but i not really know him,but i saw tons of people come for his funeral.tears drop.And he had a girlfriend too.No matter how,he will still in their memories..

  6. Sarah August 5, 2009

    I found this out from my mum, who works in Uniten. He touched the lives and hearts of many of the staff.. apparently he was really helpful, and very polite. His lecturers thought very highly of him.

    my condolences to his family, and let us all pray that he rests in peace..

  7. Cher August 5, 2009

    How can they say it’s not foul play when his family knows for a fact his body was found in a dumpster and not in the tunnel. What are they trying to cover up?

  8. jadie_jade August 6, 2009

    Gary was my senior in high school, and his younger sister is the same age as my older brother. I don’t know him personally, but he was a good prefect in school, a good role model. Me and my friends really liked him. I was shocked when my friends told me about his death.
    May you rest in peace, Gary.

  9. purplexity August 8, 2009

    I met him only once and that was the last too. My share of story, http://crypticwriter.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/i-sat-there-and-cried/. I’m greatly saddened. He’s someone I really admire. May he rest in peace.