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Parents mourn death of young cricketer

BY STACY MOORE Monday, March 31 2014

HAVING one leg did not deter Earl Robertson from attending every one of his son’s Tevin’s cricket matches. Cricket he said was Tevin ’s life and it soon became his (Earl’s) life. Earl’s left leg was amputated five years ago because of diabetes but, with the assistance of two crutches, he would board a taxi to attend his son’s matches. Robertson, 19, who was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 cricket team, died on the spot when the car he was driving crashed into a fence on the Petrotrin compound near Gasparillo along the Solomon Hochoy Highway on Saturday morning.

It is believed he fell asleep behind the wheel. He was returning to Tunapuna after dropping off a female friend at Princes Town shortly after 5 am. Speaking to Newsday from his Contention Street , Princes Town home yesterday, Earl recalled five years ago when doctors told him his left leg had to be amputated. He was warded for 15 days at the San Fernando General Hospital. At that time Tevin was attending St Benedicts College, La Romaine. “I know he did not take it well after they had to amputate my leg. He and all my family members stood by my side, but Tevin had to get counseling. He did not take it good at all, but he was always at my side,” the sad father recalled. He said soon after he was able to use crutches he began attending his son’s matches. “I remember going to his first game at a ground in Tableland. He had made close to 60 something runs and everyone was so amazed. I was so proud,” he said.

Earl said he soon purchased a car and was able to drive to see his son’s matches but the car was seized because of financial constraints. “Well that did not stop me. I just took my two crutches and would travel to see Tevin’s matches. I had to be there to see him play. I just can’t believe now I would never have the privilege of watching him on the field again and cheering him on,” Earl sobbed. He said Tevin would also ensure he got a drop home.

Tevin’s mother, Rhea St John who was seated next to Earl, wept as she spoke of her son’s promising future. Tevin had two other siblings three-year-old Azariah and Samantha, 25.

St John said that Azariah keeps asking for her brother. “They were very close. But she (Azariah) does not understand what has happened. So she keeps asking me when Tevin coming come.”

The emotional mother held up a few of the many trophies and medals Robertson had copped over the years. “He had so much talent and he believed that one day he was going to play for the West Indies Cricket team.” She said Robertson was not only a talented cricketer but also excelled academically. St John said her son was being eyed for selection as a potential player for the West Indies cricket team. She said president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Azim Bassarath, had told her her son’s extraordinary skill as a left hand bowler was noticed by officials. “Tevin’s dream was to play for the West Indies and he was working towards this dream each day . He trained day and night. Cpl Lee of the St Margarets Police Station is continuing investigations. An autopsy on Robertson’s body is expected to be performed this week following which funeral arrangements will be announced.

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