collapsed: Marcus Lawrence died while playing with his team on Friday.

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Footballer dies after scoring

By By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

A footballer collapsed and died during a training session at

Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Friday.

Marcus Lawrence, 20, a mid­fiel­der had just scored a goal when he fell to the ground, around 6.15 p.m.

His brother, Marli Henry, said, “His teammates thought he was celebrating as he scored the goal because that is what he usually does. But when they looked at him, his eye was turned up and his body was twitching.”

Lawrence, a member of Club Sando, was taken to the San Fer­nan­do General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was pur­suing a welding and fabricating course at the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC).

He lived with his mother, Mar­lene Nelson, and two younger 

sib­lings in Southern Main Road, 

La Romaine.

His aunt, Char­maine Nelson-James,

yesterday said Law­rence was the sunshine in their family. 

She said her ne­phew never com­plained of feeling unwell and had no medical ailments. 

“He was never sick, never had chest pains. He was in good health. He never had any ill­nesses. He was always full of life. He

was ambi­tious, hard-working, loving, help­ful and respectful to everyone,” she said.

Nelson-James said her nephew had a passion for football and bas­ketball. 

“He loved basketball, but his passion was football. He wanted to excel at this sport and he knew it would take him places. He really wanted to go to the Uni­ted States,” she said.

Lawrence also played with the La Romaine Jet Stars in the Hoop of Life competition last year, she said.

Nelson-James said Lawrence had a special bond with his moth­-

er and wanted to give her a com­fortable life.

She said he attended the Revival Tabernacle in La Ro­maine and always advised his friends to turn to God. 

“He had a passion for God. And he loved his family. He was the sunshine in our life,” she said.

Lawrence’s body was removed to the San Fernando mortuary where an autopsy will be per­formed.

Investigators said no foul play was suspected in Lawrence’s death.

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