(Trinidad Guardian) A young student who won a football scholarship only this year died yesterday in a vehicular accident in the United States.
The death of Reuel Tyson, 20, a former student of St Benedicts College, La Romaine, has sent shock waves throughout the secondary school football community, his former school fraternity, family and friends.
Details of the accident have not been disclosed. The college posted up photos of Tyson and his team-mates on Facebook, as it expressed condolences to his family and friends.
The College posted, “Today, we say goodbye to another talent. Our past student, Reuel Tyson who attained a football scholarship this year to attend Jefferson College in Missouri, passed away in a car accident this morning in the United States.
He was a member of our school’s Premiership Football team and our drama group, The Gentlemen. Our prayers go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. We also lift up in prayer his friend and brother, another past student Mickel Ravello, who sustained injuries in the accident. We pray for a speedy recovery and we ask our God to comfort him as he goes through this difficult period.”
College principal Anne Gomes-Phillips described him as a very respectful, talented and quiet young man. She said he was talented in the performing arts as well as football.
“It is extremely tragic. This is a young life with so much potential.” Tyson’s former Under 14 coach Nolan Bernard, who is also a Physical Education teacher at the college, received the tragic news around 6 am.
Bernard said he did not know the circumstances of the accident, but apart from Ravello, another student Myls Barrington, a past student of Presentation College, was also injured.
He said they were roommates at the Missouri College. “They wanted to be professional athletes, go on to play for the national team, play for a team away. They pursued the SATs on their own and paid for it on their own. A scout from Missouri came down, saw them play and took the three of them.”
Bernard said he spoke with Tyson and Ravello just a month ago and they were really excited. He offered to help them with strategies to balance school work with football.
“He was quick, he was humble and he was affectionately called striker for life. He is a child any parent would want,” said Bernard. Tyson lived in La Brea with his family.