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,
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.