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Forth described as a big talent at funeral

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:00 AMMarc Stamp
Members of the Olympic Gardens football fraternity, including players and administrators, make their way into the Olympic Gardens Seventh-Day Adventist Church with the casket of Okeem Forth for his funeral yesterday.

Former Olympic Gardens and Tivoli Gardens High striker Okeem Forth was described as a big talent during a thanksgiving service for his life at the Olympic Way Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Olympic Gardens yesterday.

Forth died on the same night that he was struck in the neck during a Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Magnum Major League semi-final game between Molynes United and Olympic Gardens on April 28 at the Constant Spring field.

President of Molynes United Eurado Cornwall said that Forth was a wonderful talent that was on his way to big thing when his life was cut short.

"We are sorry for what happened. We are not boasting about his death. I saw him play and was coming after him to join Molynes United," Cornwall said during a tribute.

"He was on my radar. It is sad that he had to go this way. He was one for the future. I wish Olympic Gardens the best in the future," he added before receiving a huge applause at the end.

Davian Anderson, who read the eulogy, said that Forth was a top striker who had great character.

"He was a top-notch striker. He will always be remembered for his bright smile. We all know him as Chu Chu. He was never disrespectful to anyone," Anderson said.

"Okeem had manners and was looking to make a career out of the game that he loved in order to help his family. Football was his passion," he added.

Kimani Morgan, a member of the Olympic Gardens' Major League team, described his former teammate and close friend as a determined leader.

"He was a big inspiration and motivator for others and had talent. Okeem was the white flag on the battle field, always want peace. Why did you have to go so soon? Life will never be the same without your presence," Morgan said.

"I remember he told me that football is not just a game, it is about heart," he added.

The 18-year-old was later laid to rest at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.