A schoolboy footballer collapsed and died during a Manning Cup game at Stadium East, St Andrew, today.

The player, Dominic James, who is the captain of St George’s College, went down about five minutes into the game against Excelsior High School.

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An emotional Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, coach of St George’s College, confirmed the death of the player.

“This has never happened to me before in all my years of coaching,” Bell said.

Portia Simpson Miller, Leader of the Opposition:

It is so, so sad and it touches my heart in a serious way. I wish to extend condolences to his parents, his school community and members of his family. You do not expect to bury a child, children are always expected to bury their parents, and I really want to express my sorrow.

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Lisa Hanna, Opposition Spokesperson on Youth:

It’s shocking particularly because we’ve seen him really have the kind of camaraderie and school spirit  and has been a beacon of strength for his team. He has performed well. 
It must be really devastating for his team-mates and the school when your captain goes down in battle. But what a serious metaphor of life for him to actually be captaining his team and in doing what he loves, his life leaves him. 
I want to express condolences to his parents, to his friends, to his colleagues, and to the school, and pray that through this time, they will seek comfort in whatever way possible

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