Soccer community mourns death of teen in Bradford
Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:50PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 2, 2014 2:03PM EDT
There has been an outpouring of sympathy and condolences for a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a terrible accident on a Bradford soccer field.
Friends and the wider soccer community are expressing their grief today; while the search for answers continues.
A single red ribbon is tied to a fence just feet from where the tragedy happened.
On Thursday social media was abuzz with tributes to 15-year-old Jamie Palm.
“heart goes out to Ms. Palm and her family rest in peace Jamie, you were a great teammate, we love you & you'll be missed", tweeted Hailey Colvin @hailey_colvin.
Ed Leavens (@rink_dad) wrote,
"Really feeling sick today about the news out of Bradford. RIP Jamie Palm. Condolences to Rob, Jacqui and the entire Palm family"
Someone named allie (@alli_pt) simply stated,
"Rest in peace Jamie Palm. You were taken to young and will be missed"
For now the soccer field where it happened, owned by the Portugese Cultural Centre remains closed.
“The nets have been removed,” says Gean Perdiago. “I don't know where the nets are. They been removed and at this point i don't think we ever want to put the nets back up.”
Palm died Wednesday after a net crashed down on top of her. She was playing soccer with a friend who called 9-1-1 when the incident happened. She was rushed to hospital but later died.
Derek Napolitano shot a cell-phone video as emergency crews arrived. He is a father of two and like many people around here he is stunned.
“It is really tragic. I hate for it to happen to anybody including my own kids.”
The Town of Bradford tells CTV News it cuts the grass at the field for the Portuguese Cultural Centre and then rents it out to Bradford Minor Soccer.
The league says it only allows under-six and under-four year-olds to play on that field and that it does not use the big, white nets.
“This is a small portable net that’s used for minor soccer so that's what’s used on the small size fields,” says Tom Graham. “We do not use the big nets in question.”
Town of Bradford staff tell CTV News all of that soccer fields were inspected by crews Thursday to make sure the goal posts are secured and anchored to the ground. The town says all of the goal post passed and are checked on a regular basis.
Even though the soccer field is no longer closed by police, the soccer league has suspended all games at the site until further notice.
The school where Palm attended, Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, brought in staff to provide support to any students that needed it.