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Finding strength - Boys' Town's Wayne Williams learning to cope with recent death of girlfriend

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Boys’ Town’s Wayne Williams wears a black armband during the Red Stripe Premier League game against Humble Lion yesterday as he mourns the death of his girlfriend, Patricia Facey, who was murdered on August 20.
Humble Lion’s Tarrique Campbell (right) comes out on top in his aerial duel with Boys’ Town’s Ricardo Dennis during their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Complex yesterday. Humble Lion won the match 2-1.
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The start of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season has caught Boys' Town midfielder Wayne Williams in a sombre mood. Losing their opening game to Humble Lion at the Barbican Complex yesterday did little to lift the mood of the player. Williams's girlfriend of 13 years, Patricia Facey, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in his neighbourhood of Maverley on August 20.

Even though the former Maverley/Hughenden player, who paid tribute to Facey by wearing a black armband during the game, is going through a tough time at present, he said that he has used her as motivation and a source of strength to carry on.

"It's kind of rough. My girlfriend died in a drive-by shooting, and football for me is a motivation. It has always been a motivation to me, and coming to Boys' Town is a plus," Williams shared with The Gleaner. "But it feels a lot different with her not being here. She has always supported me over the years, through school and clubs. So it feels a lot different now, but God is there for me, and He is going to carry me through."

Williams and Facey lived together for 10 of their 13 years together. "She meant a whole lot to me. We have been together from school days (at) St Andrew Technical," he said. Williams will pay his last respects to the love of his life when she is laid to rest this Saturday, and to him, she will always be his strength and inspiration.

 

MOTIVATED BY HER STRENGTH

 

"It (the funeral) is going to take a lot out of me, but I am going to find the strength to motivate myself and just use her strength as a motivation to fight and play," he said. "We have a game (the following) Monday, and I know it's going to take a lot, but I am going to be motivated by the help of God. Friends and family also gave strength, and I asked God to give me strength to come forward and display my best today. I also asked God to make things possible so I can move on from what has taken place," he concluded.

Humble Lion, with goals from debutants Kevaughn Isaacs, in the ninth minute, and Romario Campbell in the 83rd, beat Boys' Town 2-1. The Red Brigade scored through Jamiel Hardware in the 16th minute.

In other games, Reno stopped Tivoli 1-0, while UWI and Waterhouse drew 1-1.