On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, I wish to extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Osagi Bascome.
“His death is truly a shock to us all in the Ministry, as we all greatly appreciated Mr. Bascome’s prolific talent as a young footballer.
“I had the opportunity to watch Osagi play. He was gifted young man, and he certainly represented Bermuda with pride and excellence.
“We are absolutely heartbroken by his death, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this very difficult time as they mourn his loss.”
“The One Bermuda Alliance sends our deepest condolences to the Bascome family and friends upon the very tragic stabbing of Osagi earlier this weekend. It is very sad and disturbing that yet another violent and senseless death has rocked our community, especially as we prepare for the holiday season. We support the call by the Minister of National Security Renee Ming and the Bermuda Police Service that if anyone knows something they should say something.
“There are those in the community who protect the guilty instead of helping the victim’s family and friends. This must stop! Enough is enough!
There are those amongst us with information that can assist in this investigation.
• OBA Shadow National Security Minister Michael Dunkley offers this statement. “Osagi was well-known and well loved. He did not deserve to have his life cut short during the best years of his life. I am appealing to anyone who has information that will bring his killer to justice to please honour him and his family and speak to the Police. This scourge of violence amongst young Black men must stop. This is not the Bermuda that we love.”
• Elizabeth Harvey, approved OBA candidate for Constituency 4, St George’s South, adding : “Residents of St. David’s are shocked and saddened that such a violent crime took place is what is normally a quiet and peaceful commercial park of small businesses frequented by families. Our hearts go out to Osagi’s family as they come to terms with this appalling event as we ask whether we are doing enough to protect the lives of our young people. As violent crimes such as these are becoming more prevalent in our community. More needs to be done to ensure that knives and guns are kept away from social events.”
.• The Bermuda Football Association (BFA) joins in mourning over the loss of Osagi Bascome.
President Mark Wade stated, “Football has suffered another tragic loss. A family has received a call that no family should. Osagi Bascome represented Bermuda with distinction at all levels of international football. We mourn a life taken from us too soon. On behalf of the Bermuda Football Association Executive and members I send our thoughts and prayers to the St. Georges Cricket Club, the Foggo and Bascome families, the St. Georges Community, as well as “Sagi’s” friends and teammates.”
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