“Noah celebrated his 16th birthday today and it is truly worrisome and unacceptable when a minor can be taken away so violently,” said Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste, condemning the killing of youth footballer Noah Simmons.
“We must do better as a society,” continued the distraught Baptiste. “Noah was a young budding footballer with a lot of potential.”
Simmons, who woke up to his 16th birthday today, was fatally shot this morning outside his home in an area known as Train Line in Marabella.
Simmons was a former Club Sando youth player and this year represented Central FC under adopted Anthony Sherwood Football Academy in the Under-16 division of the Flow Youth Pro League.
Club Sando Under-14 head coach Wayne Caesar also expressed his deepest condolences.
“I am not sure of the circumstances but it is never a good feeling to hear of someone dying in that manner,” said the ex-Simmons coach.
“He (Simmons) was earmarked to be a national player. I had hoped he would develop into one of the top players of Trinidad and Tobago. When I had him at Under-13 level he was the main goalscorer and can play well in any position—on the wing, in defence, in the middle, forward—and even played in goal for us.
Simmons was also a fourth form student at Shiva Boys Hindu College. Last year he represented the Shiva Boys at the 2017 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Under-16 division and was a member of the school’s Under-14 SSFL team.
The Chairman, Board of directors, Chief Executive Officer and staff of the TT Pro League express deepest condolences to the family of youth footballer Noah Simmons.
SOURCE: T&T Pro League