There were questions than answers after the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) identified one of the Bermuda’s talented footballers, Marco Warren, 30, who was left for dead in the street on Mother’s Day.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday (May 15), Inspector Kenten Trott stressed that while he “cannot go into detail”, he confirmed that “investigators are following specific lines of inquiry in relation to this matter, including the review of CCTV footage”.
“That notwithstanding, we are again appealing to members of the public, who may have information on this incident to get in contact with us,” he said.
“To the occupants of the vehicle that was involved, we are appealing to you to do the right thing.
“Make yourselves known to us.
“You did not do the right thing at the first opportunity, but you can still help ease the pain that Marco’s family is dealing with at this difficult time.
“How would you feel if it had been your loved one lost in such a manner,” he added.
Police also confirmed that the hit-and-run victim was travelling on foot when he was run down.
Mr Warren — who recently won the Bermuda Football Association’s MVP award — was found lying unresponsive in the street on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish at in an unresponsive state on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish, at about 3.15am, and sadly he succumbed to his injuries about 3:15am.
Inspector Trott extended condolences on behalf of BPS to the young man’s family and “to the Bermuda football community with which Mr Warren was intricately involved, as a player and programme coordinator with the Ministry of Youth and Sport”.
“As a new father, Mr Warren would no doubt have been planning for a bright and successful future with his young son, just as his own father did with him, sadly that will now be a dream unfulfilled,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked contact Police Constable Deforest Evans on 717-0860, and you can also call the main police number, 295-0011, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Senator Owen Darrell described the hit-and-run as “a profoundly tragic and devastating loss for our community”.
“Marco’s untimely passing hits us very hard, as he was a beloved member of our Youth & Sport family, working within our organisation as a youth mentor and programme leader. Marco was a humble and kind young man and our hearts are heavy today.
“He was also an incredible Bermudian football star and a rising talent who left an indelible mark on the sport. Marco was integral to the development of the younger ranks, and his loss will be felt greatly among the football community.
“Marco was a new father, and I cannot begin to express how saddened I am for his entire family. On behalf of the Ministry, I extend my sincerest, deepest and heartfelt condolences to Marco’s loved ones and friends and to our sports community. They are all in our thoughts today and in the weeks to come.”
Shadow Minister Ben Smith echoed his remarks, saying: “I am shocked and outraged to learn that someone who have given so much to Bermuda has had his life unfairly cut short. Marco Warren not only played for Bermuda and PHC but he gave so much to the youth in the community as well. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to his loved ones especially parents, his siblings and newborn son and the PHC family.”