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Gov't saddened by sudden passing of St George's footballer

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 10:35 PM
Dominic James

The Government has expressed profound sadness at the sudden passing of schoolboy football player, Dominic James, 18.

James, the captain of St George's College died on Tuesday after he collapsed during his team's ISSA-Flow Manning Cup match against Excelsior High at the Stadium East field in Kingston.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness who is on government business in New York, United States told The Gleaner he was shocked to have learnt of James’ passing. 

IN PHOTO: Medical personnel attending to Dominic James

"One cannot imagine the great sorrow of his parents and family and the trauma to the team, the coaching staff and the entire school population," Holness said.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange has also expressed sadness at the death of the young football captain.

“Like the rest of the country I am very sad to receive this news. No one expected this. Young Dominic, by all indications, had been doing well. He represented his school well," the sports minister said.

IN PHOTO: St George's College Coach Neville Bell being consoled after news that the player had died

Grange said all of Jamaica will mourn with James’ family and his school.

Also reacting to the passing of James, Karl Samuda, the minister of investment, industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries said it was a tragedy of extraordinary proportion.