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July 30, 2014
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JC youngster dies during training
André Williams & Deon Green, STAR Writers

The family of an 18-year-old student of Jamaica College who died yesterday while training for the upcoming Manning Cup football season has been left in shock, following the incident.

The youngster, Roshane 'Shawn B' Ricketts, who had a 10-month-old child, was part of a group of Manning Cup players who were at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) for an annual preseason competition.

According to information reaching THE STAR from his family, the 18-year-old died from what is believed to have been a heart attack

It is said that the Jamaica College squad had a training session and the young player was resting in the bleachers section after completing a road run minutes earlier when he suddenly collapsed.

pronounced dead

He was rushed to a nearby medical facility and was pronounced dead about 8 a.m.

His mother, Nicola McDermoth, on hearing the news, had to receive medical treatment.

She told THE STAR how she heard the news; "His babymother aunt called and said that she heard that one of the baller died, so I called his phone and someone else answered and told us what happened."

McDermoth described her son saying, "He was a jovial person and love to give jokes. Anywhere you see a crowd and people laughing, you know he is there. He was a lover of football."

McDermoth also told THE STAR that the Jamaica College prinicipal, Ruel Reid, contacted her earlier yesterday and told her that he would visit the location of the incident and get back to her.

Efforts by our news team to contact the principal failed as calls to his cellular phone went unanswered.

Ricketts was to attend sixth form at Jamaica College come September after completing his 11th Grade studies at Quality academics.

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