The island’s sporting fraternity has been plunged into mourning following news that Jamaica College athlete, Cardo Bailey, died in a motorcycle crash.
The 18-year-old who resided in Grants Pen, St Andrew, was driving a motorcycle along Barbican Road on Friday when the tragedy occurred.
According to reports, Bailey was driving along the roadway when he lost control of the motorbike.
He received multiple injuries after being flung from the motorcycle into a concrete wall. He was assisted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On the Facebook page, Jamaica College Griffins Track and Field, tributes were paid to the athlete, with expressions of condolences to those now in mourning, including his family members.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Cardo Bailey who was in a motorcycle accident this evening (Thursday). Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the entire Jamaica College track and Field family. Sleep on Griffin. May your soul rest in peace😭😭🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾,” the post stated late Thursday.
The page followed up with another post lauding Bailey for his contribution to Jamaica College.
“Out of respects for Cardo, we will pause all postings for 24 hours as a moment of silence. One of our soldiers have fallen, but the memories live on Griffin. Your service as an athlete to this great institution, as small as it may be, will always be appreciated! S.I.P @cxrdo__” read the post.
A slew of other comments, with persons expressing their own condolences to the student athlete’s family, followed.
“Jamaica College Griffins Track and Field I’m very saddened by this news 😞😥😔but Cardo will be missed dearly by many. He’s in a better place now and his spirit shall live on for eternity #RIPGRIFFIN #MyCondolences,” a social media user wrote.
“😢 Condolences to his family and to our schòol family. Praying for strength and comfort in this time of grief,” another Facebook user shared.
Bailey was expected to compete at the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships this year, but the event has been cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the island.