Officials in Jamaica’s football fraternity have expressed sadness at last night’s killing of Reggae Girl Tarania “Plum Plum” Clarke.
According to the police, the 20-year-old footballer was stabbed to death during a dispute with an acquaintance over a cellular phone in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.
The accused has since been taken into police custody.
“We want to create a better life for everyone. My heart hurts right now,” said Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Mezies in response to the untimely death.
Physical trainer Jason “Buju” Henry said: “This is just sad and shocking. She came to see me at GC Foster (College) recently to start doing some conditioning work and now I get this bad news. I was working with her and she was getting better at her fitness. She called me almost everyday for help.”
The death has also affected assistant coaches Lorne Donaldson and Andrew Price.
Price said “I am gutted. I could not sleep last night. So young with so much potential,” while Donaldson, noting that Clarke was “a good kid,” said: “We are all hurting!”
Earlier, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) said it was “lost for words in expressing its profoundest sadness at the passing of Tarania, who last represented the country in the Caribbean leg of the Olympic Qualifiers in October”.
Clarke, who was also the captain of Waterhouse Football Club, was making plans to attend college overseas in January 2020.