Military send-off for fallen T&T midfielder Kevon Carter on Friday

Funeral service at the Trinidad Christian Centre and burial at the Military Cemetery

Deceased Trinidad and Tobago and Defence Force footballer Kevon Carter

 The funeral service for unsung Trinidad and Tobago and Defence Force hero, Kevon Carter, is set for 10 am on Friday at the Trinidad Christian Centre, corner of Morne Coco and Simeon Roads, Petit Valley and the burial at the Military Cemetery in St. James.

Late Wednesday night the Trinidad Christian Centre was confirmed as the funeral service location, with the preferred Jean Pierre Complex possibly unavailable due to ongoing clear-up actions following Carnival celebrations or simply scratched.

“We want a location were everyone can be seated for the service and the Jean Pierre Complex is fitting,” Defence Force FC head coach Ross Russell had said on Wednesday morning.

The Jean Pierre Complex – the location of last Tuesday’s Carnival Socadrome – has suitable seating capacity and proper viewing capabilities, and Russell and company had hoped for the venue to be available on Friday morning.

Russell, who is still trying to come to terms with the passing of the 30-year-old Carter, confirmed that the army Lance Corporal would receive a full military funeral.

It is also understood that teammates of the late Kevon Carter will serve as coffin bearers and the honour guard.

Russell also confirmed that Carter, the father of two girls, Keishanna and Kiara, aged 10 and 3 respectively, died of a heart attack.

Carter, died on Friday morning en route to the Seventh-Day Adventists Hospital in Cocorite after complaining of chest pains on the said morning.

Carter and his teammates were preparing for domestic Digicel Pro League matches and upcoming Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship matches in Jamaican from March 21-25 when he suffered the heart attack at the Defence Force Macqueripe ground and began vomiting shortly afterwards.

He was rushed to the nearby Defence Force headquarters infirmary in Chaguaramas where medical staff tried stabilizing the national footballer before taking him to the Seventh-Day Adventists Hospital.

“I’m taking it one step at a time,” explained a distressed Russell.

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, teammate and colleague.

Point Fortin Civic head coach and former T&T midfielder Reynold Carrington, who had a similar experience in dealing with the loss of 22-year-old former T&T footballer and Ferencvaros TC defender Akeem Adams, who suffered a massive heart attack on September 25 in Hungary and later died of a stroke on December 30, shared condolences and a bit of advice.

“Condolences to the family and teammates of Kevon Carter,” said Carrington.

“I know it is a big blow for them, losing a teammate, and now to try and recover from their loss.

“We (at Point Fortin) have recovered in some way, but you can never replace a lost, loved one.”

But shared, “Akini Adams (goalkeeper at Point Fortin Civic) is coming around since the passing of his brother Akeem. 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.”

Defence Force’s road to recovery will definitely be a difficult one, with the busiest domestic schedule ahead, due to rescheduled matches, and upcoming CFU Club Championship matches to prepare for.

The soldiers will take to the field on Sunday 9 March against Central FC from 4 pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Round Three Match Day One of the Digicel Pro League, and again on Tuesday 11 (against Caledonia), Thursday 13 (against St. Ann’s Rangers), Sunday 16 (against Point Fortin Civic) and Tuesday 18 (against North East Stars)—totaling 5 games in 10 days—before departing Trinidad on March 19 for Jamaica to contest Guyana’s Alpha United, Suriname’s Sporting Vereniging Notch, and home-team Habour View FC in Group 3 of the CFU Club Championship between March 21-25.

Digicel Pro League 2013/2014

Round Three Match Day One

Friday 7 March 2014

Marvin Lee Stadium

Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic—6 pm

Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars—8 pm

Saturday 8 March 2014

Ato Boldon Stadium

St. Ann’s Rangers vs W Connection—5 pm

Sunday 9 March 2014

Larry Gomes Stadium

Central FC vs Defence Force—4 pm