“It’s heartbreaking [and] you still cannot understand how the mother or family feels right now. What could a young girl like Abiela [Adams] do to deserve what happened to her?
“We really need to deal with what is happening in our society today. All my players right now are in tears, crying because they were all close. I could hear the screams while on the phone with some of the parents this morning…”
The following is a TTFA press statement on the death of 15-year-old Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Youth Team player and Signal Hill Secondary student, Abiela Adams, who was found murdered early this morning in Courland, Tobago. Her throat was slit:
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today expresses deepest condolences to the family of Abiela Adams who was found murdered in Courland, Tobago.
Abiela was member of the National Under-15 Women’s team and was a bright prospect for the National Women’s your team programme.
She was first selected to the National Under-15 Team last year and journeyed to the CONCACAF Under-15 Women’s Championship at Disney, Orlando where she represented this country’s national team in its matches at that tournament.
TTFA President David John-Williams expressed condolences to the family of Abiela.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of young Abiela’s passing. Our deepest sympathies goes out to her family and we pray that God will grant her family and her closed ones the much needed comfort and peace during this time,” said John-Williams. “The TTFA will make every effort to support the family in this difficult time. Her death comes at a time when women’s football in our country is heading in the right direction.
“We are all shocked at losing a bright prospect like her.”
Coach Marlon Charles, who led the T&T Under-15 Team for the 2016 CONCACAF Championship, expressed dismay and shock on hearing of her death.
“When you hear news like this it reflects on home because as someone you have coached, these players become part of you,” said Charles. “You think about it as a father, as a parent, as a coach, you reflect on how she would have encountered everything she had to go through.
“This is really a traumatic situation that has hit us really hard in the football fraternity. She had great potential to go on to play for other national teams and would have been part of the upcoming screening for the National Under-17 Women’s Team.
“She journeyed over from Tobago for the Under-15 screening last year and made the final selection and turned out to be one our better players and I am certain she would have been back for the Under 17s. These are dreams a young lady surely would have had and it has been taken away.”
Women’s National Under-15 Team manager Ricarda Nelson said Abiela’s former teammates were devastated by the news.
“It’s heartbreaking [and] you still cannot understand how the mother or family feels right now,” said Nelson. “What could a young girl like Abiela do to deserve what happened to her? We really need to deal with what is happening in our society today.
“All my players right now are in tears, crying because they were all close. I could hear the screams while on the phone with some of the parents this morning.
“I am a mother and you have to ask how do you deal with something like this. Her mother was always there at training last year. We even thought that her mother didn’t have a job because she was always there to assist with the team and her daughter, traveling back and forth between Trinidad and Tobago.”