The late Trinidad and Tobago and Defence Force footballer, Kevon Carter, will receive a full military funeral on Friday 7 March 2014 from 10 am at the Trinidad Christian Centre on the corner of Morne Coco Road and Simeon Road, Petit Valley.
The internment will then be held at the Military Cemetery in St James.
Defence Force football coach Ross Russell initially told the TT Pro League website that the Jean Pierre Complex in Mucurapo was the preferred venue but there were doubts as to whether it could be ready in time after the mess of Carnival Tuesday’s Socadrome.
In the end, the Trinidad Christian Centre was considered the best replacement.
Carter, a Lance Corporal, was 30 years when he passed away and the father of two girls, Keishanna, 10, and Kiara, 3. Russell confirmed that his death was due to a heart attack.
He died on the morning of Friday February 28 en route to the Seventh Day Adventists Community Hospital in Cocorite after complaining of chest pains at training in Macqueripe that morning.
He was said to have suffered the heart attack during practice and began vomiting shortly afterwards. Defence Force staff took Carter to its infirmary in Chaguaramas where medical staff tried to stabilise the player before relaying him to the Community Hospital.
Russell, his coaching staff, and teammates of the deceased Carter, underwent a group therapy session on Wednesday to help in coping with the loss of their close friend and teammate.
“I’m taking it one step at a time,” said Russell.
Point Fortin Civic head coach Reynold Carrington, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, offered condolences and advice to the Defence Force squad.
Former Trinidad and Tobago defender Akeem Adams, who died last December after failing to recover from a heart attack, trained with Civic before he joined Ferencvaros in Hungary and his brother, Akini Adams, is a goalkeeper at the Point Fortin-based team. Adams was 22.
“Akini Adams is coming around since the passing of his brother,” Carrington told the TT Pro League. “The football is doing a lot for him, in overcoming the loss, and his teammates have been very helpful. Together they can use to sport to help in their recovery…
“Condolences to the family and teammates of Kevon Carter… We (at Point Fortin) have recovered in some way, but you can never replace a lost, loved one.”
The Defence Force football club is due to enter is busiest phase with a flurry of Pro League matches as well as the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying phase of the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League carded for this month.
Defence Force is due to face Central FC in Pro League action from 7 pm on Saturday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. However, if Central agrees, the fixture is likely to be postponed to Sunday evening.