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Thursday, January 19, 2023

BIOGRAPHY AND WIKIPEDIA: Anton Walkes FOUND dead on Miami Marine Stadium basin following two boats crash

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Anton Walkes FOUND dead on Miami Marine Stadium basin following two boats crash.

Professional soccer player Anton Walkes has died from injuries he sustained in a boat crash off the coast of Miami, authorities said Thursday.

Walkes, who was 25, was found unconscious and taken to a hospital after the crash between two boats Wednesday near the Miami Marine Stadium basin, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Walkes was operating one of the boats that crashed, the state agency said in a statement.

It was unclear whether anyone else was injured. The agency's investigation is ongoing.Walkes, a defender, was entering his second season with MLS club Charlotte FC. The team had arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 9 for its first leg of preseason training and had a friendly scheduled with St. Louis on Saturday. That match has been canceled.

Charlotte FC owner David Tepper said all at the club were "devastated by the tragic passing of Anton Walkes."

"He was a tremendous son, father, partner and teammate whose joyous approach to life touched everyone he met," Tepper said in a club statement.

Walkes joined Charlotte for the club's debut MLS season in 2022. He played in 23 matches with 21 starts and had five shots on goal this past season.

"Anton made those around him better people in all areas of life and represented Charlotte FC to the highest standard both on and off the pitch," Tepper said.

Fans began laying flowers outside the east gate of Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium on Thursday.

Walkes began his career with English Premier League club Tottenham and also played for Portsmouth before signing with Atlanta United in the MLS, where he spent three seasons.

The MLS released a statement saying, "There are no words to describe the sorrow of everyone in Major League Soccer today."

"Anton was a talented and dedicated player who was loved by his teammates and fans," the statement said.

In 2016, a boat crash off Miami Beach killed Major League Baseball player Jose Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty, according to authorities.

Charlotte FC teammate Jaylin Lindsey said he was "heartbroken" to learn of Walkes' death.

"Fly high my brother, you're the best teammate I could've asked for," Lindsey tweeted. "Love you man."

During two years with Pompey, Walkes made 66 appearances and scored three goals, demonstrating his flexibility by operating at right-back, left-back, centre-half and central midfield.

‘He will be greatly missed by many and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family during this heartbreaking time. The Club offers its full support to all those impacted during this period of mourning.’

Sporting director Zoran Krneta added: ‘We are heartbroken from the loss of Anton Walkes, a truly incredible father, loving person, and outstanding human being.

‘Anton embodied what it means to be a part of Charlotte Football Club and our entire community is grieving over this tragedy.

‘The impact he made in the locker room and throughout Charlotte will never be forgotten. We are thinking of his lovely family during this time and will support them fully in every way imaginable.’

Walkes had started his career at Spurs, before spending a season on loan at Atlanta United in the MLS.

Kenny Jackett recruited him on loan from Spurs in January 2018 for the remainder of the season, scoring on his Blues debut against Doncaster.

It became a permanent deal in July 2018, with Pompey paying around £200,000 to secure him on a two-year deal.

Yet Walkes was often restricted to a utility role rather than regular first-team selection and, in January 2020, returned to America to rejoin Atlanta.

Fans began laying flowers outside of the east gate of Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Thursday.

Walkes began his career with English Premier League club Tottenham and also played for Portsmouth before signing with Atlanta United in the MLS, where he spent three seasons.

The MLS released a statement saying “there are no words to describe the sorrow of everyone in Major League Soccer today.”

“Anton was a talented and dedicated player who was loved by his teammates and fans,” the statement said.

In 2016, a boat crash off Miami Beach killed Major League Baseball player Jose Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty, according to authorities.

In 2016, a boat crash off Miami Beach killed Major League Baseball player Jose Fernandez, a star pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty, according to authorities.

Charlotte FC teammate Jaylin Lindsey said he was “heartbroken” to learn of Walkes’ death.

“Fly high my brother, you’re the best teammate I could’ve asked for,” Lindsey Tweeted. “Love you man.”

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