Anton Walkes, a Major League Soccer team Charlotte FC defender, passed away early Thursday after being hurt in a boating accident in Miami. He was 25. The Miami Herald quoted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as saying that the Englishman was injured on Wednesday after two boats collided close to the Miami Marine Stadium.
After being discovered unresponsive, Miami Fire Rescue performed CPR on Walkes. “The terrible death of Anton Walkes has devastated everyone at Tepper Sports & Entertainment.
According to a statement from Charlotte FC owner David Tepper, he was a fantastic son, father, partner, and teammate whose positive outlook on life inspired everyone he knew.
“Anton represented Charlotte FC to the highest standards on and off the field, making those around him better people in all facets of life. Many people will miss him dearly, and our thoughts and prayers are with Anton’s family during this challenging time.
All individuals affected by this tragedy have the Club’s unwavering support throughout this time of sadness. After playing for Atlanta United for two seasons and making 21 starts in the 2022 season, Walkes was chosen by Charlotte in the 2021 expansion draught.
He briefly played for the English club Portsmouth after starting his soccer career with Premier League team Tottenham. The Charlotte Observer reports that on January 9, Charlotte FC’s 12-day preseason camp in Fort Lauderdale got underway.
Sporting director for Charlotte Zoran Krneta said, “We are heartbroken by the passing of Anton Walkes, a genuinely fantastic parent, caring guy, and outstanding human being.
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“Anton personified what it means to be a member of Charlotte Football Club, and this tragedy has devastated our entire community,” the statement continued. We’ll never forget the difference he made in the locker room and around Charlotte. During this challenging moment, we are thinking of his lovely family and will do everything in our power to support them.
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